Sukhe aloo / dry potato curry

sukha alooSukhe aloo / dry potatoes curry

Sukhe aloo / dry potao curry

Hi friends,

Potatoes are one of the most common and important food sources on the planet, and they contain a wealth of health benefits that make them all the more essential as a staple dietary item for much of the world’s population. Potatoes have nutritional components  today, it’s difficult to imagine and diet vegetables without potatoes They have somehow became one of the most popular and recognized foods on the planet. Potato that go far beyond carbohydrates and calories, and they can be an extremely beneficial addition to any dietary plan. Here is a simple and very delicious recipe . You will enjoy  these sukhe aloos / dry potato curry with puris.

 

 Prep Time : 20 minutes

Cook time : 7-10 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Cuisine :Indian

Course : Main

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 kg boiled potatoes
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 1/4 tsp asafetida / hing powder
  • Ghee 2 tablespoons
  • 1 tsp Red chili powder
  • 1 level tsp or /Salt to taste
  • 2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp roasted cumin, powdered
  • 2 tbsp coriander/ cilantro leaves, finely chopped

Method:

Step 1.

In a pressure cooker take potatoes add three cups of water and close the lid. Place the cooker on high flame. The moment full pressure is formed , reduce the heat to low flame for five minutes. Switch of the stove.

Step 2.

Let the pressure cooker cool down to room temperature, open the lid and take out the potatoes. Peel the potatoes and cut them in to small cubes. Keep aside.

Step 3.

Heat oil in a non stick pan / wok / kadahi and add asafetida / hing powder to it . When it starts turning light pink in colour add cumin seeds . When the cumin seeds begin to splutter add the cut potato cubes , chili powder, coriander powder, salt, dry mango powder / aam choor powder, roasted cumin seed powder and mix well.

Step 4.

Cover and cook on low heat for three to five minutes. Switch off the stove. Garnish with finely chopped cilantro / coriander leaves. Serve hot with wheat flour puris and mango pickle.

Health benefits of potatoes :

The health benefits include their ability to improve digestion, reduce cholesterol levels, boost heart health, protect from polyps, prevent cancer, manage diabetes, strengthen the immune system, reduce signs of aging, protect the skin, increase circulation, reduce blood pressure, maintain fluid balance, reduce insomnia, and boost eye health.

Weight Gain: Potatoes are primarily made of carbohydrates and contain very little protein. This makes it an ideal diet for those excessively lean or thin people who desperately want to put on weight. The vitamin content includes vitamin-C and B-complex, which also help in proper absorption of carbohydrates. That is one of the reasons that potatoes make up a large part of the diet of sumo wrestlers, as well as many other athletes who need large energy reserves to burn off in order to compete!

Digestion: Since potatoes predominantly contain carbohydrates, they are easy to digest and facilitate digestion. This property makes them a good diet for babies or for those who cannot digest hard food, but need energy.
Skin Care: Vitamin-C and B-complex as well as minerals like potassium, magnesium, phosphorus and zinc are good for the skin.

Scurvy: The vitamin-C present in potatoes can help prevent this disease, caused by a deficiency of vitamin-C. It is characterized by cracked lip corners, spongy and bleeding gums, and frequent viral infections. Although it has been eliminated from most first and second world countries with ready access to vitamin C, it still exists in certain nations of the world, so the prolific presence of potatoes in the world helps with this problem.

Rheumatism: There are two parts to the effect of potatoes on this condition. Vitamins like the calcium and magnesium in potatoes help to provide relief from rheumatism. Also, water obtained from boiling potatoes can relieve the pain and inflammation of rheumatism.

Inflammation: Potatoes are very effective in reducing inflammation, both internal and external. Since it is soft, easily digested and has a lot of vitamin-C (a very good antioxidant that repairs tissue wear and tear), potassium and vitamin-B6, it can relieve any inflammation of the intestines and the digestive system.

Cancer Prevention: Certain types of potatoes, particularly red and russet potatoes, contain high levels of flavonoid antioxidants and vitamin A like zeaxanthin and carotenes, they can protect you against many types of cancer. Also, research at the Agricultural Research service has shown that potatoes contain a compound called quercetin, which has been proven to have anti-cancer and anti-tumor properties. Finally, the high levels of vitamin A and C both have antioxidant qualities that can protect your body from the devastating effects of cancer.

High Blood Pressure: Since high blood pressure can occur for a number of reasons that include diabetes, tension, indigestion, nutrient balance, food content and many others, different treatments are required. Luckily, potatoes can alleviate multiple possible causes; potatoes can be used to relieve high blood pressure due to tension.

Brain Function: Proper functioning of the brain depends largely on the glucose level, oxygen supply, various components of the vitamin-B complex and certain hormones, amino acids and fatty acids like omega-3. Potatoes cater to almost all the needs mentioned above.

Heart Diseases: Apart from the vitamins (B-complex, C), minerals and roughage, potatoes also contain certain substances called Carotenoids (lutein, zeaxanthin). Carotenoids are beneficial for heart health and the functioning of other internal organs.

Kidney Stones: Kidney Stones, also known as Renal Calculi, are caused mainly due to increased levels of uric acid in the blood. potatoes also contain magnesium, which inhibits the accumulation or deposition of calcium (calcification) in the kidney and other tissues, thereby proving beneficial for treatment of renal calculi.

Diarrhea: They are an excellent component of an energy-rich diet for those suffering from diarrhea, since it is very easy to digest and contains mild roughage. However, eating too many potatoes can cause diarrhea due to the excessive ingestion of starch.

Ref. https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/vegetable/health-benefits-of-potato.html

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Raw Banana Cutlets

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Raw Banana Cutlets

Hi Friends! Another of my never failing , healthy, delicious cutlet recipe with raw bananas and potatoes. It can be ready in no time, a perfect tea time snack.

Preparation time: 15-20 minutes

Cook time: 10-15 minutes

Cuisine: Indian

Course : Healthy snack/Appetizers

Serves: 4

Cooking time : 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 400 gms Raw bananas
  • 2 medium size boiled Potatoes / to give 2/3 cup mashed
  • 2 tbsp Buckwheat flour/Kuttu ka aata
  • 2/3 level tsp salt /or salt to taste
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 green chili , finely chopped
  • 1 tsp ginger, finely grated
  • 1 tbsp Green coriander/ Cilantro / dhaniya , finely chopped
  • 10 Cashew nuts, lightly roasted, and cut into small pieces
  • Oil – to fry cutlets

Method:

Step 1.

Wash the bananas properly, put bananas in a pressure cooker, add 1/2 cup of water. Close the cooker lid and place the pressure cooker on a high flame. The moment full pressure is formed, switch off the stove. When cooker cools down to the room temperature, open the lid and take out the bananas. Remove the peel of each banana, mash in a mixing bowl and keep aside.

OR

Place the bananas in a microwave safe dish and cook in the microwave for 3 minutes. When bananas cool down to the room temperature, remove the peel from all bananas and mash. Keep mashed bananas aside.

Step 2.

Wash the potatoes properly, and put in a pressure cooker, add 1/2 cup of water. Close the cooker lid and place the pressure cooker on a high flame. The moment full pressure is formed, switch off the stove. When cooker cools down to the room temperature, open the lid and take out the potatoes. Remove and peel the potatoes, mash in a mixing bowl and keep aside.

Step 3.

In a mixing bowl take mashed potatoes, bananas, buckwheat flour / Kutu ka aata,salt, black pepper, green chilies, grated ginger and green coriander. Mix all the ingredients well . Divide the mixture into eight equal portions and keep aside.

Step 4.
In a non-stick pan take two tbsp oil and heat. Take each portion of the mixture in your hands, roll it into a round ball then press gently with your palms to flatten it. Slide gently as many cutlets as the pan can take easily fry in hot oil. Fry on medium flame till both sides turn light golden brown. Carefully take out the cutlets in a tray lined with the paper kitchen towel.

Step 5.

Serve hot with coriander / mint chutney.

Notes:

  • For best results, while using boiled potatoes, for preparing any type of cutlets , do not use the potatoes immediately after they are boiled. Cool them in the fridge for 1/2 an hour or so and then use for making the cutlets.
  • If NOT making cutlets for fast/Navratri vrats, you can use corn flour instead of Buckwheat flour/Kuttu ka aata

The Health Benefits of Green Bananas :

4 Body Benefits of Green Bananas

GREEN BANANAS ARE HIGH IN FIBER.

Just one cup of boiled green bananas contains 3.6 g of fiber, which satisfies 14 percent of your daily value! And as you may or may not already be aware, there is a decent correlation between the consumption of high fiber food and lowered instances of disease, such as diabetes. Bottom line? The stuff is good for you.

GREEN BANANAS INCREASE YOUR BODY’S ABILITY TO ABSORB NUTRIENTS.

Green bananas contain compounds called short chain fatty acids (SCFAs), which nourish the cell tissue lining of the small intestine, dramatically enhancing the body’s capacity to absorb nutrients .

GREEN BANANAS ARE HIGH IN POTASSIUM.

Just like yellow bananas, green bananas are just as high in potassium. For instance, just one cup of boiled green bananas contains 531 mg of potassium. Compare this with the American Heart Association’s recommended intake of 4,700 mg of potassium per day.

GREEN BANANAS CONTAIN RESISTANT STARCH.

By definition, resistant starch (RS) is any starch that is not digested in the small intestine but passes to the large bowel. And according to research conducted by Janine Higgins of the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, there is strong evidence to suggest that RS intake is associated with several changes in metabolism which may have positive health benefits such as:

  • Decreases glycemic and insulinemic responses
  • Lowers plasma cholesterol and triglyceride concentrations
  • Improves whole body insulin sensitivity
  • Increases satiety, and reduces fat storage.

Ref. http://runjanellerun.com/2013/06/the-health-benefits-of-green-bananas/

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Litti-Chokha

Littis   Chokha 1

Litti-Chokha

Hi friends! Cuisine from Bihar is definitely delicious, mouth-watering. Today’s recipe for you is a dish, baked from wheat flour dough that is stuffed with a mixture of roasted gram flour and spices, called Litti and served with Chokha (roasted and mashed brinjal/ aubergines/ egg plant and potatoes) is a food for all occasions in Bihar. “Litti- Chokha” is a traditional dish of Bihar and Jharkhad. It can be served as an evening snack too. One of the winter delights! It can be prepared round the year but tastes amazing during winter. Easy to make and scrumptious, check out right away!

Litti

Cooking Time: 15-20 minutes

Servings: 12

Preparation Time: 15-20 minutes

Category: Main course

Cuisine : India, Bihar, Jharkhand, Eastern Uttar Pradesh

Ingredients:

For Litti Dough:

  • 2 cups Wheat flour/Atta
  • 1 tsp Onion seeds / Kalonji /Nigella sativa
  • 1 tsp Carom seeds / AjwainKalonji
  • 1 level tsp Salt / or to taste

For Litti Filling/stuffing:

  • 1 cup Sattu
  • 1 flake Garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp Cilantro /Coriander leaves , finely chopped
  • 1 tsp Ginger finely grated
  • 1 green chili, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp Lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp Salt / or to taste

Method:

to make filling / Stuffing for Litti

Step 1.

In a mixing bowl take Sattu, salt ,chopped garlic, Cilantro /Coriander leaves , green chili, ginger and lemon juice mix all the ingredients. Add required amount of water to make the mixture damp and easy to fill. Keep aside.

to make dough for Litti :

Step 2.

In a mixing bowl take the flour add the Onion seeds / Kalonji /Nigella sativa, carom seeds / Ajwain and salt. Mix the ingredients well and add gradually water to knead the mix in to a soft dough.

Step 3.

Divide the dough into twelve equal portions. Take each portion of dough at a time roll it into a ball between your palms. Press the rounded dough between your palms , so that the dough spread into two inch thick flat and round surface.

Step 4.

Stuff 2 tsp of filling in the center of each flattened portion of the dough, and bring the ages of the flattened dough together to close gently so that filling of the Litti is intact.

Step 5.
When all the Littis are ready , we can either bake in a preheated oven at 180C or roast on wood charcoal.

OR

Step 6.

Take a pressure cooker, grease the cooker with one tablespoon of ghee. Place the pressure cooker on medium high flame . (and remove the whistle from the lid and keep it aside). When the cooker becomes hot, put the Littis or the stuffed round balls of dough one by one in the cooker. Making sure to keep only that many Littis as are in one line or in one layer only and are not on top of each other.

Step 7.

Place the lid on the cooker and close it. Let Littis cook on low flame for 15 -20 minutes. Make sure that you shake the cooker well gently with hands without removing the lid every two -three minutes.  The cooker can be rotated sideways and turned upside down gently ( see that cooker lid is tightly closed). This process will help in cooking the Littis from all the sides properly.

Step 8.

OR Bake/Roast till all sides are golden and light brown spots come on the surface of the litti. In case baking / roasting not possible use Step 6 for equally good results.

Step 7.

When all Littis are cooked, dip in pure ghee or melted butter and serve with Chokha and green chutney of coriander/ cilantro.

Note: In this recipe with step 6,7

  • Littis are cooked with no ghee.
  • Lttis can be cooked faster.
  • No oven required.
  • Multi-grain wheat flour can be used to make healthy and equally delicious litties.
  • Roasted gram flour can be used instead of Sattu.

Chokha

Cooking Time: 10-15 minutes

Servings: 6

Preparation Time: 10-15 minutes

Category: Main course

Cuisine : India, Bihar, Jharkhand, Eastern Uttar Pradesh

Ingredients

  • 1 medium size brinjal/ aubergine /egg plant, roasted ( to provide 1 cup mashed brinjal/ aubergine /egg plant)
  • 3 medium size tomatoes, roasted (to provide 2/3  cup tomato puree )
  • 2 medium size potatoes, boiled and mashed (to provide 1 cup mashed potatoes)
  • 1/2 cup mustard oil
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 green chilies, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp lime juice /1 small size lime juice
  • 1 bunch of fresh coriander
  • 1/2 tsp Salt/ or to taste

Method:

Step 1.

Take the brinjal/ aubergine /egg plant, coat the entire surface of it with a tsp of mustard oil. Roast the oil coated brinjal , rotate it to cook properly on a medium flame till well cooked from all sides and the skin has charred completely. Switch off the stove and soak the roasted brinjal/ aubergine /egg plant in water. When cool, peel and mash. Keep aside.

Step 2.

Similarly roast the tomatoes on high flame. Peel and puree the charred tomatoes.

Step3.

On a high flame place a heavy bottom pan / wok / kadahi and put mustard oil in it and heat till mustard oil is smoked out. Reduce the heat to low flame and fry this puree (from step 3)in the oil for 8-10 minutes till the puree is well fried and turns a deep red.
Step 4.

Peel and mash the boiled potatoes , add the mashed potatoes and mashed brinjal/ aubergine /egg plant into the kadai and mix well till well blended.

Step 5.
Into the mixture add the red chili powder, turmeric and salt finely chopped green chilies and cook on a low flame, stirring constantly. Add chopped onions and mix well and switch off the stove.

Step 6.

Serve hot after sprinkling the lime juice, garnish with fresh coriander.

Litti-Chokha is a great health food.

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  • Nick’s kitchen is for Vegetarians. It sometimes provides education and support to individuals who want to become vegetarian, or move toward a more vegetarian diet.
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  • Nick’s kitchen does not claim to be health care professional, nutritionist, nor does it claims to treat any illness through vegan or vegetarian diet.
  • If you have a medical condition,Nick’s kitchen recommend that you consult your health care professionals before changing your diet.
  • Any changes that you make to your diet, and the results of those changes, are your decision and your responsibility.

Paneer Tikkis/cheese Cutlets

Vrat ki tikki 1Paneer Tikkis/ Cottage cheese cutlets

Cottage cheese provides many health benefits, including a high protein content, as well as significant calcium, phosphorus, and potassium contents, and it can be used for weight management.

 

Hi friends! here is a recipe for your Navratri fast that can never go wrong! You can simply enjoy these tikkis as snacks any other time of the year too. These Paneer tikkis can be prepared instantly and easily for the navratri Vrat. Delicious to eat and simple to make.

Navratri Fast

Navratri literal meaning is ‘nine nights’ and during these nine days the celebration of Durga Puja in India. Nine different incarnations of the Goddess Shakti, Adi Shakti, or the original creator, observer and destroyer of the universe, are worshipped during these nine days. The festival is part of the Hindu tradition and different regions in the country follow different rituals to perform puja on this auspicious occasion. In Eastern India, the last five days of Navratri the Goddess Shakti is worshipped in the form of Durga, in the Northern and Western parts of India people worship nine different incarnations of the Adi Shakti. People Observe fasts during this sacred period, as it is a popular belief that the Goddess fulfill the wishes of their devotees. Fasting has always been part of Indian festivities. Science has attested to the health benefits of fasting.

Ingredients:

  • 150 gms Paneer / cottage cheese
  • 2 medium size boiled Potatoes / 2 t cups mashed or grated boiled potatoes
  • 2 tbsp, Buck wheat flour / kuttu ka atta
  • 10 Cashew nuts, lightly roasted, coarsely powdered
  • 1 Green chili , finely chopped
  • 1 tsp Ginger, finely grated
  • 1/2 tsp Salt/ or as per taste
  • 1 tbsp Cilantro/ fresh coriander leaves, finely chopped
  • Ghee /Oil – for frying

Method :

Step 1.

Cook the potatoes in a pressure cooker with two cups of water. The moment pressure is formed, reduce the heat to low flame for 5 minutes, switch off the stove. Cool the cooker to room temperature, open the lid take out the potatoes, peel and mash the potatoes. keep aside.

Step 2.

In a mixing bowl grate paneer/ cottage cheese. Add mashed potatoes, salt, finely cut green chilies, finely grated ginger, cashew nuts, Buck wheat flour / Kuttu ka atta. Mix everything really well and make a soft dough.

Step 3.

Divide the mixture into eight equal parts. Roll each part of the mixture into round shape and pat each round in an oval.

Step 4.

Preheat three tbsp ghee /oil in a wok / non stick frying pan for frying Tikkis. Place Tikkis in hot ghee /oil for frying. Place 3 to 4 tikkis in the hot ghee /oil and fry until they turn golden brown in color from all sides.

Step 5.

Take out fried Tikkis on a paper kitchen towel lined plate. Similarly fry all the Tikkis.

Step 6.

Serve hot with Vrat wali chutney of coriander/ cilantro.

Nutrients in Cheese

Cheese is produced throughout the world; it is an ancient food with origins that predate recorded history. It is a dairy product made from pressed milk curds. Different varieties are made from unripened (fresh) cheese or ripened (aged) cheese.

Cheese is a delicious and nutritious food that is very versatile. You can add it to other dishes or eat it by itself. It’s convenient and portable. There are more than 300 varieties of cheese—including American, Cheddar, Mozzarella and Colby—many of which are available in various flavors, forms (chunks, slices, cubes, shredded, grated, crumbled, sticks, spreads) and packages to meet consumers’ needs.

Health Benefits Of Cottage Cheese:

The health benefits of cottage cheese include weight loss, a good supply of protein, B complex vitamins and healthy fats, and a reduced risk of breast cancer. Cottage cheese is also a good source of various minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorous, zinc, and selenium which all play vital roles in many of the body functions.

Reduced Risk of Breast Cancer: The calcium and vitamin D found in dairy products, especially in cottage cheese, reduces the risk of breast cancer. Research conducted at the Harvard School of Public Health by Shin et al. found that in case of premenopausal women, the level of calcium and vitamin D actually helped in reducing the risk of breast cancer. This particular study was conducted over a period of 16 years.

Rich in Protein: One of the biggest benefits of cottage cheese is the high amount of casein protein found in it. It is believed that cow’s milk contains the highest amount of casein protein among various milks. The amount of protein contained in cottage cheese is ideal for vegetarians in supplying them with the required amount of daily protein. Cottage cheese does not require any amount of cooking and it can be consumed directly.

Best Foods for Pregnant Women: Cottage cheese is recommended for pregnant women along with athletes due to various essential nutrients found in it. For example, pregnant women need calcium and cottage cheese is a very good source for it. Cottage cheese also contains phosphorus, which is an important element found in bones that is also recommended during pregnancy.

Rich Source of B-Complex Vitamins: B-complex vitamins found in cottage cheese are helpful in various metabolic activities in our bodies. Some of them include vitamin B12, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, thiamin, niacin, and folate.

-Vitamin B12 is needed for proper brain functioning and helps in absorbing iron.

-Riboflavin helps in converting carbohydrates into energy.

-Pantothenic Acid acts as a synthesizer that helps in forming proteins, fats, carbohydrates, and amino acids in our body.

-Thiamin helps in converting sugars into energy in the pyruvate dehydrogenase system.

-Niacin, on the other hand plays an important role in digestion, energy production, and cholesterol reduction.

-Folate helps in fetal development in pregnant women, helps in producing red blood cells and keeps the heart healthy.

Strengthens Bones: Calcium is one of the major elements associated with milk and their products. Some of the benefits of calcium-rich foods include bone strengthening and weight loss. The amount of calcium in cottage cheese is 8% of the daily recommended value. Calcium, found in milk and milk products such as curd or cottage cheese, helps in building strong bones throughout childhood and adulthood. Eating calcium-rich foods during pregnancy and later years is helpful, especially in osteoporosis and colon cancer. It also helps the nervous system in sending nerve impulse and controls weight gain and heart disease. These are just a few of the benefits of eating calcium-rich foods like cottage cheese.

Heart-Friendly and Maintains Blood Sugar Levels: Cottage cheese is a good source of magnesium. In the human body, most of the magnesium is concentrated in our bones. Magnesium also acts as a catalyst, promotes biochemical reactions, activates various enzymes in the body, maintains muscle and nerve functioning, and supports the immune system. It helps in maintaining blood sugar levels and prevents heart attacks, constipation, psychiatric disorders, migraine, and collagen.

Prevents Strokes and Controls Anxiety: Apart from other nutrients, cottage cheese contains potassium. Potassium acts as a fluid-balancing element in the body and is an important component in neural activities of the muscle and brain. It also relieves muscle cramps. Intake of potassium on a regular basis prevents the risk of getting brain stroke, since it lowers blood pressure and the contraction of vessels. It is also helpful in decreasing stress levels and anxiety. Potassium, along with sodium, act as electrolytes, but potassium does not have the side effects of sodium such as increased blood pressure and cardiovascular stress.

Improves Biological Functions: Zinc found in cottage cheese is about 4% of the daily recommended value.  In the human body, it is found in the brain, muscles, bones, kidneys, liver, prostate, and eyes. It helps in the metabolism of DNA and RNA.  Zinc is one of the trace elements whose presence in our body helps in improving the immune system, digestion, diabetes control, fights stress and anxiety, cures night blindness, improves ocular health, prevents appetite loss, prevents prostate disorder, fights various infections and also acts as an antioxidant.

Improves Digestion: Cottage cheese contains phosphorous, which plays a major role in the formation of DNA and RNA. It is a major component in forming bones along with calcium. Phosphates also help in digestion, excretion, and in the production and extraction of energy in the cells.

Antioxidant Properties: Selenium is a trace element found in cottage cheese. It is required in very small quantities, not more than 50 mcg to 70 mcg in adults. Selenium is useful as an antioxidant that protects cells and DNA from damage. It is also believed that an optimum intake of selenium-rich foods reduces the risk of prostate cancer. New study suggests that a diet rich in dairy products may slightly extend lives of people diagnosed with colon cancer.

A Few Things to Consider:

There are certain risks involved in eating cheese, both of the cottage and grocery varieties. Some of these are particular risks for those people suffering from diabetes and hypertension (high blood pressure).

Higher Levels of Sodium: Salt is a major ingredient used at various stages of cheese and yogurt preparation. As per the research conducted by Demott, Hitchcock, and Sanders at the University of Tennessee, an average of 3.7 mg/g to 4.5 mg/g of sodium chloride is found in various dairy preparations, including cheese. The findings are almost double the federal government’s approved salt content level (2.7 mg/g).

Bacterial Contamination: One may experience bacterial contamination by eating cottage cheese or any other dairy product, if the milk has not been pasteurized properly. One of the most common diseases that is associated with unpasteurized milk, improperly cooked meat, poultry, and fish is listeriosis, which is caused by Listeria monocytogenes. This bacteria is particularly known to be risky for pregnant women and their developing fetus.

Cholesterol Levels in Cottage Cheese: The level of cholesterol in cottage cheese depends upon the type of milk used for preparing it. If whole milk is used for cheese preparation, the cholesterol content would be as high (33 mg per 1cup) as compared to low fat milk (10 mg per 1 cup) or no fat milk (4 mg per 1 cup). So, if you are health conscious, use low fat versions of cottage cheese to avoid extra fat intake and excessive cholesterol.

Ref. https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/animal-product/health-benefits-of-cottage-cheese.html

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  • Nick’s kitchen is for Vegetarians. It sometimes provides education and support to individuals who want to become vegetarian, or move toward a more vegetarian diet.
  • Nick’s kitchen provides some information on vegetarian and vegan diets to the best of their knowledge and abilities.
  • Nick’s kitchen does not claim to be health care professional, nutritionist, nor does it claims to treat any illness through vegan or vegetarian diet.
  • If you have a medical condition,Nick’s kitchen recommend that you consult your health care professionals before changing your diet.
  • Any changes that you make to your diet, and the results of those changes, are your decision and your responsibility.

Kamal Kakdi /Lotus stem Koftas/ dumplings

lotus root            Kamal Kakadi Kofte 2

Kamal Kakdi /Lotus stem Koftas/ dumplings

Lotus root, known as renkon in Japan and Lián ou in Chinese, hold a special place since older times in their cultures. The roots as well as lotus seeds, raw or cooked, have found application in variety of oriental recipes in East, Southeast Asian, and Pacific regions.

To prepare, break the root at nodal intersections into individual parts. Wash it thoroughly in cold running water before use. Trim the ends. Peel its inedible outer tough skin using a paring knife to expose ice-white, daikon (radish) like flesh underneath. It can be cut into cubes, or chopped to fine sticks in a ways desired as in other vegetables. Rinse the slices immediately in the vinegar or acidulated (lemon) water to prevent from discoloration.

Hi friends! today I have prepared Kamal Kakdi /Lotus root Kofte/ dumplings. It is a tasty, nutritious and easy to make curry.

Kamal Kakdi /Lotus root Kofte/ dumplings

Cooking time : 20-25 minutes

Servings : 4

Cuisine: Indian

Course: Main Course-Veg

Level Of Cooking: Easy

Ingredients:

For koftas / dumplings

  • 250 grams Lotus leaves cleaned grated and soaked in water
  • 2 medium Potatoes , boiled peeled, grated
  • 1 medium size Onion, finely grated
  • 1 level tsp Salt / or to taste
  • 1 ” ginger piece , finely grated
  • 1/4 tsp Red chili powder
  • 4 tbsp Gram flour /besan/ chick pea flour
  • 1 tbsp Corn flour
  • Oil to deep fry

For Gravy

  • 2 medium size Onions, grated
  • 2 medium size Tomatoes, grated
  • 2 ” piece Ginger, finely grated
  • 15 cloves of Garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 3 tsp Coriander powder
  • 1 tsp roasted cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp Red chili powder
  • 2 tbsp Cilantro/ coriander, finely chopped
  • 1 level tsp Salt / or to taste
  • 1 tsp corn flour
  • 1/2 tsp Garam masala powder
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil

Method :

For lotus stems/ kamal kakdi koftas or dumplings:

Step 1.

Wash lotus stems/ kamal kakdi well. Scrape lightly each lotus stems/ kamal kakdi. Grate the lotus stems/ kamal kakdi in a mixing bowl.

Step 2.

Add boiled ,peeled and grated potatoes into the same mixing bowl with grated stems/ kamal kakdi bowl. Add salt, ginger, red chili powder, gram flour and corn flour and mix well. Shape into small balls and keep aside.

Step 3.

Heat sufficient oil in a kadai, slide in gently the stems/ kamal kakdi balls and deep fry on medium heat till golden. Drain on a paper kitchen towel to remove excessive oil.

For Gravy

Step 4.

To make gravy heat oil in a non stick pan. Add onions and sauté till translucent and light golden brown.

Step 5.

Add grated ginger, garlic paste and mix and fry for 1-2 minutes. Add turmeric powder, coriander powder, roasted cumin powder, red chili powder mix well and sauté for few seconds.

Step 6.

Add tomato puree and mix and continue to sauté. Add 1/2 cup water and mix. Sauté, stirring, till oil begins to separate. Add 2 cup water and mix.

Step 7.

Mix Corn flour in 4 tbsp water till lump free. Add this to the gravy and cook till the corn flour gets cooked and blended.

Step 8.

Drain kofte / dumplings and add to the gravy and simmer for a few minutes. Add coriander leaves, salt, garam masala powder and mix. Cover, reduce heat, cook for 7-8 minutes.

Step 9.

Serve hot garnishing with finely chopped coriander/ cilantro.

Health benefits of Lotus root:

  • Lotus root is one of the moderate calorie root vegetables. 100 g root-stem provides about 74 calories. Nevertheless, it composed of several health benefiting phyto-nutrients, minerals, and vitamins.
  • Lotus rhizome is very good source dietary fiber; 100 g flesh provides 4.9 g or 13% of daily-requirement of fiber. Dietary fiber together with slow digesting complex carbohydrates in the lotus root help reduce blood cholesterol, sugar, body weight and constipation conditions.
  • Fresh lotus root is one of the excellent sources of vitamin C. 100 g root provides 44 mg or 73% of daily-recommended values. Vitamin C is a powerful water soluble anti-oxidant. It is required for the collagen synthesis inside the human body. Collagen is the main structural protein inside the body, required for maintaining integrity of blood vessels, skin, organs, and bones. Regular consumption of foods rich in vitamin C helps the body protect from scurvy, develop resistance against viral infections, boosting of immunity, wound healing and to scavenge cancer causing harmful free radicals from the body.
  • In addition, the root contains moderate levels of some of valuable B-complex group of vitamins such as pyridoxine (vitamin B-6), folates, niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, and thiamin. Pyridoxine (vitamin B-6) acts as a coenzyme in the neuro-chemical synthesis in the brain which influences mood. Adequate pyridoxine levels help control nervous irritability, headache, and tension. It also cuts heart-attack risk by controlling harmful homocysteine levels in the blood.
  • Further, the root provides healthy amounts of some important minerals like copper, iron, zinc, magnesium, and manganese. Copper is a cofactor for many vital enzymes, including cytochrome c-oxidase and superoxide dismutase (other minerals function as cofactors for this enzyme are manganese and zinc). Along with iron, it is also required in the production of red blood cells.
  • Crunchy, neutral yet delicate flavor of root lotus is because of its optimum electrolyte balance. It composes agreeable ratio of sodium to potassium at the value 1:4. While sodium gives sweet taste to the root, potassium acts to counter negative effects of sodium by regulating heart rate and blood pressure.Ref.http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/lotus-root.html

Selection and storage

Lotus root (renkon) harvest begins by August and last until fall. Traditionally, farmers sink thier legs in knee-deep ponds and try to feel for the rhizome guiding their toes, which are then dug out by hand. Southeastern region of China and lake Kasumigaura in Ibaraki prefecture in Japan are known for renkon production.

From a distance, lotus rhizomes appear as big size bananas arranged in sausage pattern. While buying, look for clean, firm roots with smooth unblemished skin. Fresh roots are readily available year-round in major cities in the USA. One can also buy sliced, canned, and freeze-dried roots in the supermarkets or Japanese and other Asian stores.

Once at home, place the roots in cool, dark place away from humidity for 3-4 days. Uncut rhizomes can stay fresh for up to 2 weeks inside the refrigerator.

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Broccoli Salad

Brocolli salad.JPGBroccoli Salad

Preparation Time : 10 minutes

Cooking time : 10 minutes

Cuisine: Fusion

Course: Salads

Level Of Cooking: Easy

Servings : 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 small head Broccoli
  • 1 small size potato boiled and cut into tiny cubes
  • 1/2 cup walnut kernels
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp Dijon’s mustard paste
  • 1/2 tsp salt / or Salt to taste
  • 6 cloves Garlic , crushed
  • 4tbsp extra virgin Olive oil
  • 1 tsp apple cider/ Vinegar
  • 1 tsp red chili flakes
  • 1 1/2 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 2 tbsp Sesame/ Til seeds , toasted

Method :

Step 1.

Remove the broccoli florets keeping the stems . Cut each floret vertically into halves.

Step 2.

Boil 4 cups water in a pan, add broccoli florets and salt , leave the florets in hot water foe 5-7 minutes.

Step 3.

Remove the broccoli florets from the hot water and refresh in ice cold water. Drain the water and keep the florets aside .

Step 4.

Take walnuts in a small microwave proof bowl, add 1 cup of water. Microwave it for two minutes. Take out keep aside to cool.

Step 5.

Take a boiled potato, cut it into tiny cubes, keep aside.

Step 6.

For the salad dressing, take extra virgin olive oil in a mixing bowl, add crushed garlic cloves, apple cider/or vinegar, salt, sugar, mustard paste, fresh lime juice and red chili flakes and mix well.

Step 7.

In a mixing bowl take broccoli florets, potato cubes, walnut kernels and add the prepared salad dressing and mix well.

Step 8.

Transfer the salad into a serving bowl. Just before serving sprinkle toasted sesame seeds on top and serve .

two heads of broccoliBroccoli belongs to the cruciferous vegetable family, which includes kale, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, bok choy, cabbage, collard greens, rutabaga and turnips. These nutrition powerhouses supply loads of nutrients for little calories.

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Brinjal /Aubergines fry

Brijal fryBrinjal /Aubergines fry

The scientific name of brinjal/ aubergine is “Solanum melongena” and is a member of nightshade family. It is a member of the genus Solanum which is related to both potato and tomato. Brinjal is also called as Egg plant because it is named by Europe farmers in 18th century as they  actually look like white and yellowish goose or hen eggs, hence it is named as Egg plant. It is believed that brinjal is originated in Indo- Burma region and is distributed in south East Asia, southern Europe, China and Japan.

Brinjal /Aubergine is a common vegetable that is grown in all most all parts of India. It comes in different varieties of colors like yellow, green, dark purple, reddish purple and white. It tastes good when it is cooked or fried rather than eating it raw because the raw fruit somewhat tastes bitter. It is used in some of the Ayurvedic medicines due to its medicinal properties also extremely advantageous through the health perspectives.

Hi friends! here is a simple easy and delicious recipe to add on to the Vegetarian main course.

 Preparation Time : 10 minutes

Cooking time : 15 minutes

Servings : 4

Cuisine: Indian

Course: Main

Level Of Cooking: Easy

Ingredients:

  • 300 gms long purple Brinjal, cut into long thick strips
  • 1 medium size potato, peeled, cut into long strips
  • 1 medium size Onion, cut into Slices
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 1/4 tsp asafetida / heeng
  • 1/2 tsp Bengal Gram dal
  • 1/2 tsp Black gram dal
  • 1/4 tsp Red Chili powder
  • a small pinch Turmeric powder
  • 2 sprigs Curry leaves
  • 1/2 level tsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil /cooking Oil
  • To be mixed into a marinade:
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp oil

Method:

Step 1.

Combine the brinjals /Aubergines thick strips with the prepared marinade and toss gently. Keep aside for 15 minutes.

Step 2.

Heat oil in a heavy bottom pan / wok / kadahi and add mustard seeds.

Step 3.

When mustard seeds start crackling , add cumin seeds and dals. Fry for a few seconds until the dals turn light golden brown in colour, add the curry leaves.

Step 4.

To the step two seasoning add cut potatoes strips, marinated brinjals /Aubergines and turmeric powder, chili powder , salt and mix well.

Step 5.

Cover and cook vegetables on low flame till soft and well cooked. Switch off the stove and transfer the contents to a serving bowl .

Step 6.

Garnish with coriander and serve hot with steaming boiled rice or Indian bread rotis.

Health benefits of Brinjals / Aubergines:

Brinjals /Aubergines , known as baingan in Hindi, is known to be king of vegetables.  High on nutrients, this vegetable has many health benefits and hence, it should consumed at least once a week. Although a lot of people don’t like the taste, if cooked well, it can be extremely delicious. Here is why this vegetable should be on list of groceries the next time you shop for vegetables.

Prevent cancer

Fibre and antioxidants are just two of the nutrients that make Brinjal /Aubergine a food that can keep cancer at bay. Fibre helps clear the toxins present in your digestive tract and has been found useful in the prevention of colon cancer. Additionally, the antioxidants help in fighting free radical damage to your cells which helps keep cancer at bay.

Great for weight loss

Brinjal /Aubergine are great for weight loss as they are low in calories with 100g of the vegetable containing just 25 calories. It is also rich in fibre which helps in promoting the feeling of satiety which means that eating a small serving will make you feel full and prevent you from overeating.

Prevent heart disease

Like most fruits and vegetables, Brinjal /Aubergine too are great for your heart. Being rich in fiber, potassium, vitamin B-6 and phytonutrients like flavonoids, this vegetable lowers the risk of heart disease. The presence of antioxidants keeps your arteries healthy and prevents heart attack.

Controls blood pressure

Brinjal /Aubergine contains potassium, an important mineral, which plays a key role in maintaining electrolyte balance in the body. It also helps in neutralizing the effects of sodium on the body thereby aiding in blood pressure control. Apart from this, increased intake of anthocyanins that are present in high amounts in brinjal /Aubergine, also lowers your blood pressure.

Good for diabetics

As brinjal /Aubergine are low in carbohydrates and high in fiber content, they are known to be good for people suffering from diabetes. This is because, the high fiber causes helps in controlling blood sugar levels in the body by controlling the absorption of glucose from food.

Lowers cholesterol in the body

Brinjal /Aubergine is rich in chlorogenic acid that acts as a powerful antioxidant agent, lowering cholesterol levels in the body.  It also contains high amounts of fiber that increases the absorption of blood cholesterol by the liver to produce bile.

Gives your skin a natural glow

As we age, our skin undergoes free radical damage which can cause the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines on our faces. The antioxidants and vitamins present in brinjals /Aubergines can prevent this from happening. Additionally, it is also high in water which flushes toxins from your body and gives your skin a nice and healthy glow.

Good for your brain

Eating brinjals can prevent brain damage as it contains phytonutrients that can protect your cell membranes. These phytonutrients are also known to boost memory function and aid in transferring messages from one part of your body to another.

Help you to quit smoking

Apart from these benefits, brinjal /Aubergine is also known to have small quantity of nicotine and thus helps in quitting tobacco.

Tips you should follow while incorporating brinjal /Aubergine in your diet:

  • Instead of metal knife, use a stainless steel knife to cut the vegetable as it prevents the chemical reaction between pytochemicals present in brinjal /Aubergine and metal.
  • As you cut brinjal /Aubergine, put them in salt water or sprinkle salt over the pieces. This removes the compounds that render bitter taste to the vegetable. It also makes your dish more tasty and palatable.
  • Brinjal /Aubergine can be added to any dishes like sambhar, pizza or pasta or can be consumed even in fried, baked, sauteed, grilled, roasted or in steamed form.

Ref. http://www.thehealthsite.com/fitness/health-benefits-of-brinjal-baingan/?gclid=CjwKEAjw_MisBRCTuNPfoMqU4ngSJACrJv1V1wHMItH-2DzS-hzF_J6DV3lyJebwMXxWUk1A_auePRoCFzvw_wcB

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Tomato kadhi

Tomato Kadhi GTomato kadhi

Sindhi cuisine (Sindhi: سنڌي کاڌا) refers to the native cuisine of the Sindhi people from Sindh, Pakistan. The daily food in most Sindhi households consists of wheat-based flat-bread (phulka) and rice accompanied by two dishes, one gravy and one dry. Today, Sindhi food is eaten in many countries including India, where a sizable number of Hindu Sindhis migrated following the independence in 1947.

Ref.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sindhi_cuisine

Tomato kadhi or Sindhi kadhi

Tomato kadhi or Sindhi kadhi – is a main dish for Sindhis known as curry chawara. Tomato kadhi is very nutritious because of the use of vegetables in this dish. Sindhi kadhi is an example where the dish is enriched with the vegetables providing great taste, colour and texture.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

 Category: Main curse

Cuisine: Indian , Sindhi

Serves: 6

Ingredients:

  • 8-9 medium size tomatoes
  • 3 tbsps Gram flour / Besan
  • 150 gms Cluster beans / Gwar Phali
  • 150 gms Lady finger/Okra/Bhindi
  • 1 carrot, washed, peeled and cubed
  • 2 medium size potatoes, each potato cut into four big pieces
  • 1 tbsp Ginger, grated and juice taken out
  • 1 tsp Red chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 level tsp salt or / salt to taste
  • 3 tbsp Olive oil

For seasoning

  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin seed
  • 1/2 tsp Fenugreek seeds
  • 1/4 tsp Asafetida / Heeng
  • 3 sprigs curry leaves

Method :

Step 1.

Wash, remove side thread, cut cluster beans/ Gwar phali into two inch pieces. Cut the head and tail of Lady finger/Okra/Bhindi and cut into two inch big pieces. wash , peel and cut the carrot into small cubes. Wash peel and cut each potato cut into four big pieces. Keep aside.

 Step 2.

Wash and cut each tomato into four pieces. Grind it to make puree. Keep aside.

Step 3.

Take chopped potatoes, carrots and cut cluster beans/ Gwar phali in the pressure cooker, add 1/4 cup water and a pinch of salt and close the cooker lid. Place the pressure cooker on high flame the moment full pressure is formed, switch off the stove. Let the pressure cooker cool down to room temperature. Open the lid and take out the steamed vegetables in a bowl.

Step 4.

Heat 3 tbsp oil in a wok /kadai/ pan and sauté Lady finger/Okra/Bhindi on medium flame for 3-4 minutes. Lower the heat and remove the shallow fried ladies finger pieces in tray.

Step 5.

Add to the hot oil, asafetida sauté for a few seconds, add mustard and cumin seed. When mustard and cumin start crackling add curry leaves, reduce the heat to low flame.

Step 6.

To the above seasoning add the Gram flour / Besan and saute till it is golden brown. Add a cup of water and bring the mixture to a boil, mix in turmeric , red chili powder, salt and the pureed tomatoes. Mix it well.

Step 7.

When the mixture starts boiling, reduce the heat to low flame. Now add the sautéed Lady finger/Okra/Bhindi pieces, steamed potatoes, carrot cubes and cluster beans/ Gwar phali along with 1 1/2 cup of water and mix well. Boil it, cover and cook on low flame until gravy becomes thick consistency and oil floats.

Step 8.

Serve hot with boiled / steamed white rice, Aloo tuk and pappad !

Note:

  • Steaming cluster beans, potato pieces and carrot cubes in pressure cooker is time saving.
  • sautéing Lady finger/Okra/Bhindi separately is necessary .

Possible health benefits of Lady Finger :

Weight Loss – The low calorie content of Okra (30 kcal / 100 gm) and its high fibre content make it a suitable food for weight loss. It provides minimum calories and its high fibre levels help in keeping you full for longer.

 Heart disease – Okra contains soluble fibre pectin. Pectin helps in lowering bad cholesterol and prevents atherosclerosis by helping in elimination of deposited cholesterol and clots. Controls blood sugar levels – This benefit of lady finger may be attributed to its fibre content. Eugenol a type of fibre, helps in slowing down digestion and absorption of sugar from the blood stream. Hence it helps in avoiding sugar spikes after meal and stabilizes the blood sugar levels. Its fibre further helps in lowering blood sugar levels.

Improves digestion – The fibre content of lady finger helps in better digestion, and regularization of bowels. Pectin swells up in the intestine and helps in easier elimination of waste from the intestine. People suffering from constipation benefit from regular consumption of  lady finger.

Improves immunity –  Another important benefit of lady finger is that it contains Vitamin C which helps in improving immunity.

Anemia – Lady finger contains iron and folate and Vitamin K, nutrients that help in treating and avoiding anaemia. Prevention of colon cancer – Like all other high fibre foods, lady finger too helps in prevention of colon cancer by keeping the digestive system intact and functioning properly.

 Improves eyesight – The Vitamin A and beta carotene present in lady finger may be helpful in improving eyesight.

Treatment of dandruff and lice – Okra is used as  home remedy for dandruff and lice. Cut okra horizontally and boil in water, add lemon to this water and use this water for rinsing hair.

As you can see that most of the benefits of lady finger are attributed to its rich fibre content. Hence dietitians advise everyone to eat as many veggies with your meal as possible.

Ref.http://www.dietburrp.com/benefits-of-lady-finger/

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Parwal curry

Parwal Vegetable

Trichosanthes dioica / pointed gourd/ parwal/parval
Trichosanthes dioica is also known as the pointed gourd, parwal/parval (from Hindi),Kovakkai(fromTamil) or thonde kayi (from Kannada), or potol (from Assamese, Sanskrit, Oriya or Bengali (পটল) pôţol) “Paror” in Maithili, “Parol” in Magahi and “Parora” in Bhojpuri, Urdu and Awadhi. Colloquially, in India, it is often called green potato. It is widely cultivated in the eastern and some northern part of India, particularly in Odisha, Bengal, Assam, Bihar, and Uttar Pradesh. It is a good source of carbohydrates, vitamin A, and vitamin C. It also contains major nutrients and trace elements (magnesium, potassium, copper, sulfur, and chlorine) which are needed in small quantities, for playing essential roles in human physiology. parval (pointed gourd, Trichosanthes dioica)

 

Parwal Aloo Odisha

Parwal curry – Recipe is contributed by Mrs. Usha Mehta.

Hi friends! Enjoy this easily digestible vegetable cooked with potatoes and Indian spices. Parwal is a seasonal vegetable and is available during summers till monsoon season in India.

Preparation time : 10 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Serves : 4

Difficulty Level : Easy

Ingredients

  • 300 gms parwal / pointed gourd
  • 1 medium size potato, cubed
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds, roasted and powdered
  • 1 tbsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 12 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1 tbsp ginger, grated finely
  • 1/2 cup fresh coconut, finely grated
  • 1 cup curd / yogurt / dahi
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt or / salt to taste
  • 1/4 tsp asafetida / heeng
  • 1 tbsp coriander leaves, finely chopped

Method :

Step 1.

Wash and scrape the parwal / pointed gourd lightly with a knife ,cut the ends and cut them into halves horizontally. Remove any fibers and seeds that are yellow and hard. Keep aside.

Step 2.

Peel the potato and cut it lengthwise once and horizontally once to match the parwal / pointed gourd.

Step 3.

In the blender take the minced garlic, grated ginger, grated coconut and curd and blend it to a smooth paste. Keep aside.

Step 4.

Heat 3 tbsp oil in a wok / kadahi /pan and shallow fry the parwal / pointed gourd on medium flame till they become little soft and golden brown. Keep aside.

Step 5.

Then in the same heated oil add potato cubes and shallow fry the potatoes till they become little soft and golden brown and add shallow fried parwal / pointed gourd from step 3.

Step 6.

Add turmeric, chili powder, coriander powder, cumin seeds powder, salt to the shallow fried parwal / pointed gourd and potatoes . Cover and cook till soft.

Step 7.

Add garlic, ginger, coconut, curd paste to the cooked vegetable. Bring it to boil , let it simmer on low flame for 7-8 minutes.

Step 8.
garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves. Serve hot with rice or any other Indian bread.

Note:

  • Peel the skin of Parwal / pointed gourd lightly.
  • Parwal / pointed gourd is generally deep fried before using in the curry, shallow frying is healthier.

 Possible health benefits of Parwal / Pointed gourd:

Improves Digestion Parwal is easy to digest, and the fiber rich green vegetable is good for treating gastrointestinal and liver disorders.

Lowers Cholesterol & Blood Sugar The small round seeds of parwal benefits the health as it lowers cholesterol and blood sugar levels naturally.

Weight Loss This is another health benefit of having parwal. It is low in calories and keeps you fuller for a long time, thus aiding weight loss.

Treats Flu In Ayurveda, pointed gourd or parwal is used as a medicine to cure cold, fever and throat problems.

Blood Purifier According to Ayurveda experts, this is another health benefit of parwal. Pointed gourd is excellent for balancing Kapha. It helps purify blood tissue and this in turn makes it a good green vegetable for skin care as well.

Skin Benefits Parwal is rich in vitamins like Vitamin A and C, and antioxidants which makes it good for the skin.

Ref. http://www.boldsky.com/health/wellness/2013/health-benefits-parwal-036618.html#slide26319

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Mixed Vegetable fry

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Mixed Vegetable fry

Hi friends! In Tamilnadu mixed vegetables with any vegetable are stir fried, served as a side dish for lunch or dinner with rice, dal and some curry. The vegetables that are used in this recipe are finely chopped, cooked and tossed with fresh grated coconut.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup green peas
  • 1/2 cup carrots, cut into tiny cubes
  • 1/2 cup French beans, finely chopped
  • 1 medium size potato, washed, peeled and cut into tiny cubes
  • 1 medium size Onion ,finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • 3 tbsp Coconut , finely grated
  • 1/2 tsp Salt / or salt to taste

For seasoning

  • 1 tbsp Oil
  • 1/2 sp Mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp Split black gram /Urad dal
  • 1 red chili , Whole
  • 1 sprig Curry leaves
  • 1/4 tsp Asafetida

Method :

Step 1.

In a wok / kadahi / pan heat oil and add the mustard seeds. When the mustard starts crackling add asafetida, curry leaves and the dry red chili, split black gram dal.

Step 2.

Add onions to the step 1 seasoning. Sauté the onions and for a minute or till the onions are translucent.

Step 3.

Add the chopped beans, shelled peas, cubed carrots, and cubed carrots and salt. Cook the mixed vegetable covered till potatoes are soft and well cooked.

Step 4.

Finally add the fresh grated coconut, mix well with the cooked vegetable and switch off.

Step 5.

Mixed vegetable is tasty, nutritious as a side dish with boiled rice or pilafs.

The Health Benefits of Frozen Mixed Vegetables:

Frozen mixed vegetables provide convenience and nutrition.

Besides their convenience, mixed frozen vegetables are complementary — some vegetables add nutrients to the mix that others lack — giving you a wider variety of nutrients in the blend. The only nutrient you won’t get from mixed vegetables is vitamin B-12, because it’s found in animal products.

Fiber

Vegetables have soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber keeps blood sugar balanced by slowing absorption of carbohydrates. It also lowers cholesterol by carrying it out of the body. Insoluble fiber keeps food moving through the digestive tract, which prevents constipation and diverticular disease.

Healthy Eyes

The substances that give vegetables their color — carotenoids — provide nutrients for your eyes because they’re a form of vitamin A. Mixed vegetables contain several carotenoids: alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin. Alpha- and beta-carotene are converted into the form of vitamin A that is essential for vision.

Antioxidants

In addition to antioxidants that support your eyes, mixed vegetables have other antioxidants that fight free radicals. Free radicals are produced as a byproduct of essential biochemical processes. If they’re not neutralized by antioxidants, free radicals cause cellular damage that leads to illnesses, such as cardiovascular disease.

Strong Bones

Calcium and phosphorus combine to form the mineral that builds bones, called hydroxyapatite. Bones are continuously maintained through a process in which old or damaged bone is removed and rebuilt. You need a constant supply of these minerals throughout your life to keep your bones healthy and to prevent osteoporosis.

Preparation Tips

Combine mixed frozen vegetables into a casserole with the addition of onion, cheese and mayonnaise. Make a quick vegetable soup by adding a bag of mixed vegetables to canned tomatoes. Alternatively, use them in a salad.

Ref. http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/health-benefits-frozen-mixed-vegetables-4299.html

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Lasooni Palak Aloo

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Lasooni Aloo Palak/ Spinach, potatoes with Garlic, easy to cook and simply delicious !

Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Servings: 4

Preparation Time: 10-15 minutes

Category: Veg

Cuisine: North Indian

Ingredients:

  • 500 gms Spinach/ Palak
  • 2 medium size potatoes
  • 1/2 cup curd/ Dahi / Yogurt
  • 15 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 1/4 tsp asafetida/ hing powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • 1pinch baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp Asafetida
  • 2/3 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp Olive oil

 Method:

Step 1.

Wash the spinach very well, finely chop and keep aside.

Step 2.

Wash, peel and cut potatoes into small cubes, keep aside.

Step 3.

Heat the oil in a wok / kadahi and add the Asafetida. Fry for few seconds till pink in colour.

Step 4.

Add crushed garlic paste to the asafetida seasoning. Saute till slight change in colour, about half a minute.

Step 5.

Add in the spinach, potatoes, salt , red chili powder and baking soda . Cover and cook on a slow flame for ten minutes on low flame or till potatoes are tender.

Step 6.

Add whisked curd / Dahi / Yogurt , mix well. Cook for ten minutes or so on low flame till it is well blended . Serve hot with chapattis or any other Indian bread of choice.

Health benefits of Spinach / Palak:

Spinach is an excellent food loaded with tons of nutrients and a low calorie package. Greens like spinach are important for skin and hair, bone health, and provide protein, iron, vitamins and minerals.

As per studies the possible health benefits of consuming spinach include improving blood glucose control in diabetics, lowering the risk of cancer, lowering blood pressure, improving bone health, lowering the risk of developing asthma and more.

Ref. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/270609.php

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Aloo Matar Rasedar

Aloo mutterPotato peas curry

Sweet, delicious green peas or garden peas are one of the ancient cultivated vegetables grown for their succulent nutritious green seeds. Peas are probably originated in the sub-Himalayan plains of north-west India. Now, this versatile legume is one of the major commercial crops grown all over the temperate, and semi-tropical regions.

Botanically, pea plant is an herbaceous vine. It belongs to the family of Fabaceae, in the genus: Pisum. Scientific name: Pisum sativum. Some of the common names include english peas, sweet peas, garden peas, pease,…etc.

Preparation Time : 15 minutes

Cooking time : 25 minutes

Servings : 6

Cuisine: North Indian

Course: Main Course

Level Of Cooking: Easy

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup green peas, shelled
  • 2 medium size potatoes, cut in to small cubes
  • 3 medium size onions, finely chopped
  • 4  medium size tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp  turmeric powder
  • 2 tbsp of coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp  red chili powder /or as per taste
  • 2/3 tsp Salt / or salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp fresh coriander leaves, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup plain curd/yogurt
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil

Method :

Step 1.

Heat oil in a pan add add the chopped onions, when they soften and start to turn golden brown, add the turmeric powder, coriander, chili powder and salt. Fry on low flame till the masala smells nice and is blended well with the onions (about 1-2 minutes).

Step2.
Add the tomatoes and about half cup of water. When starts to boil simmer until the tomatoes are soft (about 3-5 minutes). Cool it to room temperature and puree this mixture in a blender .
Step 3.

Take the blended mixture in a pressure cooker, add cubed potatoes and shelled peas. Close the lid and cook on high flame.  The moment full pressure is formed, switch off the stove. When the  pressure cooker cools to room temperature open the lid.

Step 4.

Add the whisked yogurt and chopped coriander leaves. Mix well, the moment it starts boiling switch off the stove.

Step 5.

Garnish the curry with finely chopped coriander leaves. Serve hot with any Indian bread of your choice and Raita.

 Health Benefits of Green Peas:

Green peas are one of the most nutritious leguminous vegetables rich in health benefiting phyto-nutrients, minerals, vitamins and anti-oxidants.

Fresh, tender peas are relatively low in calories on comparison to beans, and cowpeas. 100 g of green peas carry just 81 calories, and no cholesterol. Nonetheless, they are a good source of protein, and soluble as well as insoluble fiber.

Fresh pea pods are an excellent source of folic acid. 100 g provides 65 µg or 16% of recommended daily levels of folates. Folates are one of the B-complex vitamins required for DNA synthesis inside the cell. Studies suggest that adequate folate rich foods when given in expectant mothers would help prevent neural tube defects in the newborn babies.

Fresh green peas are very good in ascorbic acid (vitamin C). 100 g of fresh pods carry 40 mg or 67% of daily requirement of vitamin C. Vitamin C is a powerful natural water-soluble anti-oxidant. Vegetables rich in this vitamin help human body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals from the body.

Peas contain phytosterols, especially ß-sitosterol. Studies suggest that vegetables like legumes, fruits and cereals rich in plant sterols help lower cholesterol levels inside the human body.

Garden peas are also good in vitamin K. 100 g of fresh seeds contain about 24.8 µg or about 21% of daily requirement of vitamin K-1 (phylloquinone). Vitamin K has been found to have a potential role in bone mass building function (mineralization) through promotion of osteotrophic activity inside the bone cells. It also has established role in Alzheimer’s disease patients by limiting neuronal damage inside the brain.

Fresh green peas also carry adequate amounts of anti-oxidants flavonoids such as carotenes, lutein and zea-xanthin as well as vitamin-A (provide 765 IU or 25.5% of RDA per 100 g). Vitamin A is an essential nutrient required for maintaining healthy membranes, skin and eye-sight. Additionally, consumption of natural fruits/vegetables rich in flavonoids helps to protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.

In addition to folates, peas are also good in many other essential B-complex vitamins such as pantothenic acid, niacin, thiamin, and pyridoxine. Furthermore, they are rich source of many minerals such as calcium, iron, copper, zinc, and manganese.

Ref.http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/green-peas.html

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Cauliflower, Peas and Potato Stew

Cauliflower stew

Cauliflower, peas, potato Stew

 Vegetables usually show health benefits in long run by improving your overall health and keeping the internal systems in perfect condition. The consumption of vegetables takes care of your digestive, excretory, and skeletal system, as well as blood pressure levels. With a diet rich in vegetables, you are being benefited with abundant antioxidants that keep away diseases like cancer, cardiovascular problems and strokes. Moreover, vegetables deliver ample amounts of vitamins, including folate, vitamin A, vitamin K and vitamin B6, as well as carotenoids like beta carotene from carrots, lycopene from tomatoes, zeaxanthin from greens, and lutein from spinach and collard greens. Vegetables also help in keeping your weight under control and promoting healthy skin and hair. There have been innumerable research studies done all over the world that strongly suggest having fresh, green vegetables on a regular basis is far better than going for supplementary tablets to get the wholesome nutrition that you need.

Time: 20 minutes

Course: Main

Cuisine: India, Utter Pradesh

Level: Easy

Serves: 4
Ingredients:

1 medium size potato, boiled, peeled and cubed potatoes

1 cup cauliflower florets, washed

1/2 cup peas

1 medium size onion, finely chopped

1-2 green chillies

6 pods garlic, crushed

1 tsp ginger, finely grated

1 tsp dhania powder,

1/4 tsp black pepper powder

3 cloves, powdered

1″ Cinnamon stick

1/2 tsp jeera powder, jeera roasted and powdered

1 tbsp oil,

2/3 tsp salt or / salt to taste.

Method :

Step 1.

Wash, peel and cube potato. Cook the potato cubes and peas in a pressure cooker with one cup of water. The moment pressure is formed, switch off the stove. Cool the cooker to room temperature, open the lid take out the potato cubes and peas, keep aside.

Step 2.

Mash some green peas and potatoes coarsely. Keep aside.

Step 3.

Heat oil in a wok / kadahi/ sauce pan and add the cumin seeds. When cumin starts crackling, add the finely chopped onions. When onions become translucent add small florets of cauliflowers and potato cubes and peas mix. Stir fry the vegetables on medium flame till the gets pinkish brown in 3-4 minutes add salt.

Step 4.
Add cloves, cinnamon, dhaniya powder, pepper powder, jeera powder and the ginger-garlic-green chili paste to the above mixture. Mix well and fry the mixture on medium flame for few minutes.

Step 5.

Add water to the masala and vegetables. Add 1 1/2 cups of water. Cover and cook on low flame for about 6-8 minutes. The cauliflower florets should be soft but retain their shape .
Step 6.
Serve the stew hot garnished with finely chopped coriander leaves with any Indian bread of your choice and raita.

 

Nutritional Value of Vegetables:

Antioxidants: Did you know that including vegetables in your diet is probably the easiest way to stay healthy, trim and nourished? Since vegetables are low-calorie, nutrient-rich foods, they help you to stay in optimum health over the long term by keeping your weight in check. According to a recent study, plant-based foods contain antioxidants(polyphenols) that may improve blood sugar in people at risk for diabetes and heart disease.

As mentioned earlier, vegetables have abundant levels of antioxidants that prevent the growth of cancerous cells. Dark green vegetables have lots of phenolic flavonoid antioxidants and minerals. These vitamins and minerals are essential for the proper functioning of your body. Deficiencies of these vitamins and minerals can lead to serious deficiencies of your bones, teeth and vital organs. Moreover, antioxidants boost the body’s immunity and keeps from developing infections and diseases. Leafy green vegetables have a bioflavonoid known as ‘Quercetin’. This is responsible for the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities of vegetables along with its unique, anticancer properties. Quercetin also effectively cuts down the flow of substances that lead to allergies. This compound plays the role of an inhibitor of mass cell secretion, thereby decreasing the release of interleukin-6. Most of the green, yellow and orange vegetables also have high percentage of calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium, vitamin B-complex, vitamin A, vitamin-C, vitamin K, zea-xanthins, α and β carotenes and crypto-xanthins.

Dietary Fiber: Vegetables are great options for consuming dietary fiber. Owing to the high percentage of fiber level in vegetables, your digestive track stays well toned. Vegetables are abundant in soluble as well as insoluble dietary fiber, known as non-starch polysaccharides (NSP). This dietary fiber absorbs the extra water in your colon and thereby retains the moisture content in the fecal matter. This aids in digestion, preventing chronic constipation, hemorrhoids, rectal fissures, and diarrhea. Your digestive system becomes sleeker and its ability to process foods becomes smoother, keeping many ailments away.  Eating more fiber-rich foods keep your digestive system clear and healthy, helping you to avoid problems like constipation, bowel irregularity, colon cancer and even polyps. Since they have high fiber, vegetables also tend to make you feel full for longer, and stops unnecessary snacking, so they can help reduce your weight.

Cancer Prevention: Cabbage, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and broccoli have a high content of indoles and isothiocyanates. These components have protective properties against colon cancer, breast cancer, skin cancer and other types of cancers. Broccoli sprouts have immensely higher sulforaphane than the matured broccolis, which is a cancer-protective substance. Furthermore, as said before, since vegetables are great antioxidants, they also alleviate the chances of fatal diseases like cancer.

Proteins and Amino Acids: If you eat less animal products in your diet, you must ensure that your diet is high in protein-rich vegetables to compensate for the proteins that you are missing. Once you have the correct combination of vegetables in your meals, you will gain ample amount of amino acids that are required to live healthy. Eat plenty of beans and spinach, along with whole grain rice for a balanced meal.

Water Content: Vegetables naturally have high levels of water; this is the reason why they are generally fat free and low in calories. You can rest assured of both your weight and health once you start on a vegetable-rich diet. The more you consume vegetables, the more the water intake that flushes out waste products and toxins from your body.

Minerals: Green leafy vegetables are high in magnesium and a have low glycemic index, thus proving to be helpful for patients with type 2 diabetes. If you eat at least 1 serving of green leafy vegetables each day, it will considerably lower the risks of diabetes. Green vegetables are also rich in iron and calcium, except for Swiss chard and spinach, since they are high in oxalic acid.

Vitamins: In general, vegetables have a high vitamin content. However, vitamin K is usually prevalent in almost all vegetables. The high level of vitamin K in green vegetables makes them an ideal and natural way to prevent bone problems. Vitamin K is necessary for the production of osteocalcin, a protein mandatory for proper bone health. In a survey, the addition of green, leafy vegetables considerably decreased the chances of hip fractures in middle-aged women.

Prevention of Hypetension: Recent research study suggests that Mediterranean diet comprising of food rich in unsaturated fats (found in olive oil and nuts) and nitrite and nitrate (found in leafy green vegetables) may help protect you from hypertension.

Lycopene and Beta Carotene: Green vegetables have high levels of beta-carotene, which improve immune function considerably once it is converted into vitamin A. Tomatoes contain lycopene, which protects your eyes from vision problems. A diet deficient in green vegetables often leads to the possibilities of blindness, and other illnesses in children and adults.

Allyl sulfides: Garlic, onions, chives, leeks and scallions are rich in allyl sulfides that help in lowering high blood pressure and protecting the stomach and digestive tract from fatal diseases like cancer.

Multimorbidity: Recent research suggests that greater consumption of vegetable, whole grain products and fruits may lower the risk of multimorbidity.

Good HealthEating fruit and vegetables may promote emotional well-being among healthy young adults.  Research suggests that good mood may lead to greater preference for healthy foods over indulgent foods.

Ref. https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/vegetable/vegetables.html

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Masala Potatoes

Baby Potatoes 1  Masala Potatoes

Hi friends! A different snack! It is a quick and easy to cook  recipe made with small baby potatoes. Cooked in few mild spices and can be served as a Appetizer / starter/ snack dish for dinners and lunches. These potatoes are extremely delicious to serve as evening snack.

Preparation time:15 minutes

Cooking time: 6-7 minutes

Course: Snack / Appetizer

Cuisine: Indian, North Indian

Level: Easy

Ingredients:

  • 250 gms Potatoes Small,baby potatoes
  • 3 tbsp Olive Oil for frying (or any other cooking medium)
  •  1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tbsp coriander powder
  • 2 tbsp chaat masala powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder, or / as per your taste
  • 1 level tsp Salt or / Salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp fresh coriander/ cilantro leaves, finely chopped

Method:

Step 1.

Wash the potatoes nicely, put in the pressure cooker, add 2 cups of water and 1/2 tsp of salt. On high flame when pressure is formed, reduce the heat to low flame and cook for 5 minutes switch off the stove.

Step 2.

Let the pressure cooker cool to room temperature, open the lid and take out the potatoes, peel the potatoes and keep aside.

Step 3.

In a wok / kadahi heat oil on medium flame, add cumin seed, when cumin seeds start crackling add coriander powder, red chili powder fry for few seconds add baby potatoes, salt and chaat masala.Mix well, cover and cook for 5-6 minutes stirring the potatoes intermittently (baby potatoes should be well coated with the spices.

Step 4.

Remove in a serving dish and garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves toss well and serve hot as a tea-time snack!

Note: While I have used baby potatoes for this recipe, if not available, you can use any sized potatoes. Just cut them into suitable bite size pieces.In-case chaat masala is not available you can use same quantity of dry mango powder/ Aamchoor.

Health benefits of the potatoes:

Yet far from being the devil’s food, a cooked new potato has only 26 calories and is packed with nutrients. A key to lasting weight loss is eating foods that make you feel full for longer.’You should eat complex carbohydrates such as potatoes, rather than simple carbohydrates like sugar or biscuits which give a short energy boost followed by hunger pangs,’ she says. ‘In this way, potatoes can help you reduce binge-eating.’

Nutritious: Potatoes provide the body with an essential source of fuel and energy, which you need even when dieting. Potatoes provide the body with an essential source of fuel and energy, which you need even when dieting. As a rich carbohydrate source, they help to fuel all reactions in the body which you need for movement, thinking, digestion and cellular renewal.

Vitamin Booster:

Potatoes were eaten by 19th Century English and Spanish sailors to fend off scurvy. Surprisingly rich in immune-boosting Vitamin C, a medium potato (150g) with the skin provides 27mg, almost half of the recommended daily intake. Potatoes are also a rich source of Vitamin B, folate and minerals such as potassium, magnesium and iron. Potatoes are underground tubers, meaning that they store all the vitamins and minerals needed for growing new potato plants in spring. Rather than being bland and starchy, they’re actually full of nutrients.

Super food: One new potato contains just 26 calories

BLOOD PRESSURE

Potatoes have kukoamines. Traditional Chinese Medicine uses a plant, Lycium chinense – which also contains kukoamines – as a tea to lower blood pressure. A few good servings of potatoes a day would have some blood-pressure lowering activity.

CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE

Potatoes have flavonoids, which help protect against cardiovascular-disease by lowering levels of bad LDL-cholesterol and keeping arteries fat-free. The B vitamins in potatoes also protect arteries. Vitamin B6, found in potatoes, reduces levels of a molecule called homocysteine which is involved in inflammation and the furring up of arteries. High homocysteine levels are associated with a significantly increased risk of heart attack and stroke.

GUT HEALTH

A single baked potato will provide nearly 12 per cent of the daily recommended amount of fibre, giving similar levels to whole grain breads, pastas and cereals. High levels of dietary fibre and ‘bulking agents’ support healthy digestion and regular bowel movements, while giving a protective effect from colon cancer.

 

STRESS

Potatoes are exceedingly rich in Vitamin B6, a substance needed for cellular renewal, a healthy nervous system and a balanced mood. Just  100g of baked potato contains 21 per cent of the daily value of the vitamin. It is used to make neurotransmitters –substances that deliver messages from one cell to the next. Neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine are needed for the regulation of mood and Vitamin B6 is needed to make them. It is also used to make adrenaline, hormones that help us respond to stress, and GABA, a substance linked to relaxation and a feeling of well being.

 

DON’T PASS ON THE POTATOES

Cut out the extra fat and deep frying, and a typical baked potato suddenly becomes a healthy high-fibre food. Packed with vitamins: Potato skins contain fibre and flavonoids and other nutrients, so keeping them on if you boil or mash potatoes will give extra nutrition.

Potato skins contain fibre and flavonoids and other nutrients, so keeping them on if you boil or mash potatoes will give extra nutrition. As Vitamin C leaches into water, bake your potatoes if you want to get the most of this vitamin.

Chips that have been cooked in deep-fried oil will be soaked in artery-clogging fat and packed full of unhealthy calories. Instead, eat oven-baked chips, which are virtually fat free.

Ref. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1206765/Why-potatoes-suprising-health-benefit-key-lasting-weight-loss.html

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Aloo Parwal Sabzi

Parwal Vegetable    Parwal Aloo sabzi

Pointed gourd with Potatoes

Parwal is a seasonal vegetable and is available during summers till monsoon season. Parwal/Pointed Gourd/patal/potol is mainly used in North and East India specially in the states of Orissa and Bengal.The vegetable looks like tiny cucumbers, with tapering ends and it has faint, lighter green lines along its length. The skin is much harder than cucumber.

Recipe contributed by Mrs. Usha Mehta.

Cooking time:35 minutes
Level:medium
Cuisine:Indian
Course:Main
Serve:4

Ingredients:
  • 250 gms parvals, sliced in wedges
  • 3 potatoes medium size, sliced in wedges
  • 2 onions medium size, finely chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, medium size, sliced in wedges
  • 1 tsp ginger, finely grated
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp dry mango powder/ amchoor
  • 2 green chilies , finely chopped
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 2 tbsp coriander leaves, finely chopped for garnishing
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/4 tsp asafetida
  • 1 level tsp salt / or salt to taste
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 2 tbsp oil for cooking
Method :
Step 1.
Wash and slice the parwal in wedges (lengthwise). Keep aside.
Step 2.
In a pressure cooker put 2 cups of water and potatoes. Place the cooker on high flame, the moment full pressure is formed , reduce the heat to low flame and cook for 3 minutes. Switch off the stove. When pressure cooker cools down to room temperature, open the lid take out the potatoes, peel and slice in wedges length wise. Keep aside.
Step 3.
In a wok / kadahi/ or heavy bottom pan heat oil, add cumin seeds, when it starts crackling add asafetida/ Hing and fry for few seconds. Add chopped onions, sauté the onions till translucent add grated ginger, chilies, coriander powder, turmeric, sauté for few seconds more.
Step 4.
Add in the sliced wedges of parwal into the pan. Sprinkle salt, mix well cover and cook the parwals. Let it cook on low to medium flame until the parwal is half cooked.
Step 5.
Once the parwal is seventy percent cooked, add in the boiled potato wedges, and tomato wedges stir and cover the pan. Cook tomatoes, parwals and the potatoes until parwals are tender add .
Step 6.
Once the vegetables are softened, add in the amchoor / dry mango powder, and garam masala. Mix the vegetable very well. Stir fry for another minute and turn off the heat.
Step 7.
Stir fry for another minute and turn off the heat. Transfer the aloo parwal sabzi into a serving bowl.
Step 8.
Garnish with finly chopped coriander and Serve hot the Aloo Parwal Sabzi along with Dal of your choice and a bowl of hot rice or  chapattis.
Note: The parwals are added first, as it takes a little longer time to cook.
Health benefits of pointed gourd/ parwal:
Improves digestion
The green colored veggie parwal is loaded with good sum of fiber, which helps to promote proper digestion. It also helps to solve gastrointestinal and some problems related to the liver.
Treats constipation
The seeds present in the parwal vegetables help to ease stool and is recommended to reduce constipation problem.
Controls blood sugar and cholesterol
When you are eating parwal dish do not throw out the seeds out of it, they help to control blood sugar levels, which in turn lower the cholesterol in the body.
Aids in weight loss
The gourd vegetable pointed gourd has the property of low in calories. So, one can eat this vegetable based curries with no doubt to reduce their weight. It helps your stomach to feel fuller and controls the urge to eat.
Blood purifier
Another health benefit of consuming pointed gourd includes the purification of blood. According to Ayurveda painted gourd works effectively to regulate Kapha. It cleans our blood, tissues and thereby offering skin care as well.
Reduces flu
According to Ayurveda parwal has the capacity to boost your immunity. It is used like a medicine to treat flu, throat problems and high temperatures.
Fight with aging factors
As we age wrinkles and fine lines are most common visible signs on our face. Parwal with its rich source of antioxidants, vitamin A and C helps to fight with the free radical molecules which are promoting the aging signs.
These are the health benefits of consuming pointed gourd. So eat them and stay healthy and beautiful.
Ref. https://beautyhealthtips.in/health-benefits-pointed-gourd-parwal/

Bathua Ki Poori Aur Aaloo Ki Subzi

Palak PuriAloo tamater 3 Bathua Ki Poori Aur Aaloo Ki Subzi

Bathua/Chenopodium album has an earthy, mineral-rich, astringent salty taste comparable to spinach. Bathua /Chenopodium album is readily available during India’s winter months at elevations up to 4,700 meters. Some sources, such as the “Handbook on Herbs Cultivation and Processing,” also list the plant as a summer crop in irrigated areas.When buying bathua/ Chenopodium album, look for a slightly white, dusty coating—this is perfectly natural, and is a hallmark feature of the plant. The leaves lose this powdery residue upon maturity. If consuming raw, look for younger leaves. Otherwise, opt for firm, dense leaves with no obvious signs of wilt.

Hi friends ! Here is a healthy and delicious Combo meal for the Winter season you will love to have on your regular menu.

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 
20 minutes
Makes 20 –
24 puris

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups whole wheat flower
  • 1 cup Bathua leaves, pureed
  • 1/2 tsp coriander powder
  • 2 Green chilies, fine paste
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seed, roasted and powdered
  • 3 tbsp olive oil or / cooking oil of your choice
  • Oil for deep frying

Method:

Step 1.

In a bowl, mix together whole wheat flour, and salt, coriander powder, green chili paste, cumin seed powder , add Olive oil to the mixture, using fingers, mix in oil till it resembles bread crumbs. Add bathua /Chenopodium album leaf puree.

 Step 2.

Slowly add about half a cup of water or little more, just enough to form a firm/ stiff dough and knead till smooth. keep aside for 10 to 15 minutes.

Step 3.

Divide the dough into small lemon size, equal portions, and roll out into 3″ rounds on an oiled board.

Step 4.

 Heat the oil for deep frying, in a wok or kadhai, fry the puri one at a time, holding them under the oil on the first side until they puff. Turn and deep-fry the puris till they turn light golden brown in colour from both the sides.

Step 5.

Drain on absorbent paper kitchen towel lined plate, so that puris are dry, without excessive oil.

Step 6.

Serve hot, goes very well with Vegetable, potato stews / aloo sabzi etc.

Note : Bathu /Chenopodium album leaves can be pureed raw or  cooked in pressure cooker. In a pressure cooker take the Bathu /Chenopodium album leaves add a quarter cup of water , place the cooker on a high flame.The moment pressure is formed switch off the stove. When the cooker cools down to room temperature , open the lid and puree the Bathu /Chenopodium album leaves.

Ingredients for Aloo ki sabzi:

  • 4 potatoes medium size, boiled peeled and roughly mashed
  • 3 tomatoes medium size, finely chopped
  • 2 green Green chilies
  • 1/4 tsp red chili powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/4 tsp asafetida / hing
  • 1 tsp ginger, finely grated
  • 1 level tsp salt or / salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp coriander leaves, finely chopped

Method:

Step 1.
cut two potatoes into tiny cubes and roughly mash the other two potatoes and keep aside.

Step 2.

Grind tomatoes in a blender with green chili and ginger.

Step 3.

Heat oil in a pan. Add asafetida saute for few seconds, add cumin seeds. When cumin starts to crackle, reduce the heat to low flame.

Step 4.

Add salt, turmeric powder, coriander powder red chili powder and sauté for few minutes, add tomato puree mix well. Cook for 5-6 minutes or  until  the oil comes out.

Step 5.

Add in potatoes and mix. Add two and half cups of water mix well let it come to a boil, cook for 10 minutes on slow fire. Switch off the stove.

Step 6.

Garnish with fresh coriander leaves. Serve with hot Bathua pooris.

Note: Add a little salt to the oil to keep it from smoking. Always add the puri to the oil as soon as they’re made. Rolled and kept puris, tend to become a little dry and sometimes do not puff up properly.

Health benefits of Bathua/ Chenopodium album:

Many groups in India use bathua medicinally. According to the book, “Indian Medicinal Plants,” bathua acts as a laxative, anthelmintic for hookworms and roundworms, and as a blood purifier.

When prepared as an infusion, it manages hepatic disorders, spleen enlargement, biliousness, burns, and ulcers. The book, “Handbook on Herbs Cultivation and Processing” explains that that the ground plant mixed with alcohol is also applied topically to treat rheumatism and arthritis.

Bathua or Chenopodium album, also called Goosefoot, Lambs’ quarters and All Good is a plant whose leaves are used as a vegetable. Bathua has a lot of health benefits as well. It is very useful for those suffering from kidney stones. Take out the juice from tender leaves and stems by grinding them, Drink 10-15 ml of this mixed with water on empty stomach in the morning and then in the evening also for some days. It helps to break the stones and helps in their removal. Bathua is a brain food, removes urinary infections and promotes urine flow. It is useful for those suffering from arthritis. If there is swelling and pain steam heat some leaves and apply this as a hot poultice on the area. It will reduce swelling and pain. Bathua is also useful for internal swellings of stomach, intestine, liver, uterus etc.

In jaundice mix equal quantities of juice of bathua and giloy (tinosporia cordilolia). Take 25-30 ml of this mixture in the morning and evening for relief from jaundice.

For gout and high uric acid eat bathua vegetable regularly.

Ref. http://www.bubblews.com/news/1422605-health-benefits-of-bathua-or-chenopodium-album

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Pav Bhaji

Pav Bhaji

Hi friends! Why Is it Important to Eat Vegetables? Eating vegetables provides health benefits – people who eat more vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet are likely to have a reduced risk of some chronic diseases. Vegetables provide nutrients vital for health and maintenance of your body.Pav Bhaji is a delicious preparation with mixed vegetables.

Prep time: 30 minutes

Cook time: 30 minutes

Course: Snack

Cuisine: Indian, Mumbai

Level Of Cooking: Easy

Serves: 6

Ingredients:

  • 4 medium size potatoes, washed, peeled and cut into cubes
  • 1/2 cup Yellow Pumpkin, cut in to small Cubes
  • 1/2 cup cauliflower, tiny florets
  • 1/2 cup carrot,cut into tiny pieces
  • 1/2 cup green peas, fresh or frozen
  • 1/2 cup French beans, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup Brinjals / Aubergine / egg plant, cut into small cubes
  • 2 capsicums /green bell peppers, finely cut chopped
  • 2 large onions, finely chopped
  • 3 large tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 15 cloves garlic, grind into a paste
  • 2 tbsp ginger, finely grated
  • 3 green chilies, chopped
  • 3 tbsp pav bhaji masala
  • 1/4 cup Fresh coriander leaves
  • 1/4 tsp Red chilli powder
  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds, roasted, powdered
  • 200 gms butter
  • 2 tsp salt or / salt to taste
  • 3 tbsp Lemon juice
  • 12 pavs

Method:

For the Bhaji:

Step 1.

Take all the mixed vegetables except onions and capsicum in a pressure cooker add 1/2 cup water and 1/2 tsp salt. Place the cooker on the high flame, as soon as pressure is formed, switch off the stove. Let the cooker come to room temperature, open the lid and lightly mash the vegetables, keep aside.

Step 2.

On a high flame in a wok / Kadahi / or deep heavy bottom pan take butter ,  add the chopped onions, saute the onions.

Step 3.

Saute the onions till they become transparent, add the ginger-garlic paste, fry for a minute.

Step 4.

Add the Capsicums and fry till they are well cooked. Add the chili powder, turmeric powder and pav bhaji masala, roasted cumin seeds powder. Mix and fry for few minutes till the capsicum get cooked a bit.

Step 5.

Now add the mashed vegetables to the fried masala mix well add 1 cup water. Keep on stirring and let it simmer for 12-15 minutes on low flame. Switch off the stove.

Step 6.

Add the lemon juice and mix it well. Serve hot garnished with coriander leaves with lightly butter fried pavs and a blob of butter in each bowl of bhaji.

The buttered pavs:

Step 1.

Slice pav horizontally into two and pan fry in butter for half a minute, pressing two or three times or till pav is crisp and light brown. Serve hot.

For Serving:

  • 1 cup onions, finely chopped
  • 6 fresh lemon wedges
  • 6 knobs of butter

How to serve:

  • For a single serving take a small bowl of hot bhaji, 2 pavs freshly fried,1 tbsp of finely chopped onions, a lemon wedge on a plate.
  • Top the hot bhaji with a knob of butter and serve immediately garnished with 1/2 tsp of finely chopped coriander.
  • Serve hot.

Notes: Instead of butter in the bhaji Olive oil or any other cooking oil can be used. In case pavbhaji masala is not available , garam Masala can be a good substitute .The vegetables that are usually added to the bhaji are cauliflower, potatoes, carrots, peas, capsicum and french beans pumpkin etc. Depending on the combination of these vegetables, the final taste of the  bhaji will be different. You can  make the bhaji with any of these veggie combination.

Health Benefits of mixed vegetables:

    • Eating a diet rich in vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet may reduce risk for heart disease, including heart attack and stroke.
    • Eating a diet rich in some vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet may protect against certain types of cancers.
    • Diets rich in foods containing fiber, such as some vegetables and fruits, may reduce the risk of heart disease, obesity, and type 2 diabetes.
    • Eating vegetables and fruits rich in potassium as part of an overall healthy diet may lower blood pressure, and may also reduce the risk of developing kidney stones and help to decrease bone loss.
    • Eating foods such as vegetables that are lower in calories per cup instead of some other higher-calorie food may be useful in helping to lower calorie intake.
    • Nutrients
    • Most vegetables are naturally low in fat and calories. None have cholesterol. (Sauces or seasonings may add fat, calories, or cholesterol.)
    • Vegetables are important sources of many nutrients, including potassium, dietary fiber, folate (folic acid), vitamin A, and vitamin C.
    • Diets rich in potassium may help to maintain healthy blood pressure. Vegetable sources of potassium include sweet potatoes, white potatoes, white beans, tomato products (paste, sauce, and juice), beet greens, soybeans, lima beans, spinach, lentils, and kidney beans.
    • Dietary fiber from vegetables, as part of an overall healthy diet, helps reduce blood cholesterol levels and may lower risk of heart disease. Fiber is important for proper bowel function. It helps reduce constipation and diverticulosis. Fiber-containing foods such as vegetables help provide a feeling of fullness with fewer calories.
    • Folate (folic acid) helps the body form red blood cells. Women of childbearing age who may become pregnant should consume adequate folate from foods, and in addition 400 mcg of synthetic folic acid from fortified foods or supplements. This reduces the risk of neural tube defects, spina bifida, and anencephaly during fetal development.
    • Vitamin A keeps eyes and skin healthy and helps to protect against infections.
    • Vitamin C helps heal cuts and wounds and keeps teeth and gums healthy. Vitamin C aids in iron absorption.

Ref. http://www.choosemyplate.gov/food-groups/vegetables-why.html

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Crispy Potato Rolls

Potato rolls NG

Hi friends! An easy to make and tasty appetizer for Potato lovers! Use Air frier as a healthier option for cooking it.

Serves: 4
Style:
Indian Vegetarian

Ingredients:

  • 4 potatoes, medium size
  • 6 slice bread, multigrain
  • 1tsp cumin seeds, roasted and powdered
  • 2  green chilies, finely chopped
  • 2  tbsp coriander leaves, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • 2 tsp Dry mango powder
  • 1 level tsp salt or / salt to taste
  • 1  tsp ginger, finely grated
  • 4 tbsp sesame seeds
  • Oil for deep frying

Method:

Step 1.

Put the washed potatoes in a pressure cooker with two cups of water and close the lid. Place the cooker on high flame. The moment full pressure is formed , reduce the heat to low flame for 5 minutes. Switch off the stove. When pressure cooker is cooled to room temperature, open the lid and take out the boiled potatoes.

Step 2.

Peel and mash the potatoes in a mixing bowl keep aside.

Step 3.

Take a bowl with water to wet the bread. Dip the bread slices one by one and dampen them with water, place the slices between your palms and press, squeezing out the excess water from the bread slices and mash them well.

Step 4.

 Now in the mixing bowl take mashed potatoes, mashed bread slices, green chilies, chopped coriander leaves, salt, cumin powder, red chili powder, dry mango powder, grated ginger and mix very well.

Step 5.

Take twenty four equal portions of the mix and make a roll with each portion and keep aside.

Step 6.

In a plate sprinkle sesame seeds, take each roll and roll over the sesame seeds in a way that each roll is well quoted with the sesame seeds. Keep aside.

Step 7.

Heat the oil for deep frying on high flame. Drop in the rolls slowly. Reduce the heat and fry on medium flame stirring frequently till the rolls are crisp and golden brown in color. Drain on a kitchen paper towel.

Step 8.

Serve hot with green coriander Chutney or tomato ketchup.

Health benefits of the potatoes:

Yet far from being the devil’s food, a cooked new potato has only 26 calories and is packed with nutrients. A key to lasting weight loss is eating foods that make you feel full for longer.’You should eat complex carbohydrates such as potatoes, rather than simple carbohydrates like sugar or biscuits which give a short energy boost followed by hunger pangs,’ she says. ‘In this way, potatoes can help you reduce binge-eating.’

Nutritious: Potatoes provide the body with an essential source of fuel and energy, which you need even when dieting. Potatoes provide the body with an essential source of fuel and energy, which you need even when dieting. As a rich carbohydrate source, they help to fuel all reactions in the body which you need for movement, thinking, digestion and cellular renewal.

Vitamin Booster:

Potatoes were eaten by 19th Century English and Spanish sailors to fend off scurvy. Surprisingly rich in immune-boosting Vitamin C, a medium potato (150g) with the skin provides 27mg, almost half of the recommended daily intake. Potatoes are also a rich source of Vitamin B, folate and minerals such as potassium, magnesium and iron. Potatoes are underground tubers, meaning that they store all the vitamins and minerals needed for growing new potato plants in spring. Rather than being bland and starchy, they’re actually full of nutrients.

Super food: One new potato contains just 26 calories

BLOOD PRESSURE

Potatoes have kukoamines. Traditional Chinese Medicine uses a plant, Lycium chinense – which also contains kukoamines – as a tea to lower blood pressure. A few good servings of potatoes a day would have some blood-pressure lowering activity.

CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE

Potatoes have flavonoids, which help protect against cardiovascular-disease by lowering levels of bad LDL-cholesterol and keeping arteries fat-free. The B vitamins in potatoes also protect arteries. Vitamin B6, found in potatoes, reduces levels of a molecule called homocysteine which is involved in inflammation and the furring up of arteries. High homocysteine levels are associated with a significantly increased risk of heart attack and stroke.

GUT HEALTH

A single baked potato will provide nearly 12 per cent of the daily recommended amount of fibre, giving similar levels to whole grain breads, pastas and cereals. High levels of dietary fibre and ‘bulking agents’ support healthy digestion and regular bowel movements, while giving a protective effect from colon cancer.

 

STRESS

Potatoes are exceedingly rich in Vitamin B6, a substance needed for cellular renewal, a healthy nervous system and a balanced mood. Just  100g of baked potato contains 21 per cent of the daily value of the vitamin. It is used to make neurotransmitters –substances that deliver messages from one cell to the next. Neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine are needed for the regulation of mood and Vitamin B6 is needed to make them. It is also used to make adrenaline, hormones that help us respond to stress, and GABA, a substance linked to relaxation and a feeling of well being.

 

Ref. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1206765/Why-potatoes-suprising-health-benefit-key-lasting-weight-loss.html

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  • Nick’s kitchen provides some information on vegetarian and vegan diets to the best of their knowledge and abilities.
  • Nick’s kitchen does not claim to be health care professional, nutritionist, nor does it claims to treat any illness through vegan or vegetarian diet.
  • If you have a medical condition,Nick’s kitchen recommend that you consult your health care professionals before changing your diet.
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Bread Rolls

Paneer Rolls 

Hi friends! Bread rolls with potato/paneer filling are very crisp and enjoyable with a hot cup of tea.

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Recipe type: snacks, Appetizers

Cuisine: Indian

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 8 slices of bread, white / brown / or multi grain bread
  • 4 medium sized potatoes, washed, boiled, peeled and mashed
  • 50 gms Paneer/cottage cheese, grated
  • 1 tsp cumin seed
  • 1 tsp Dry mango powder/ amchoor
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin, roasted and powdered
  • 1 tbsp, coriander leaves ,finely chopped
  • 2/3 tsp salt or / salt as required
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil

Method:

Step 1.

Put the potatoes in a pressure cooker with two cups of water and washed potatoes close the lid. On high flame the moment full pressure is formed , reduce the heat to low flame for 4-5 minutes. Switch off the stove, let the pressure cooker cool to room temperature. Open the lid, take out the potatoes peel and mash in a bowl and keep aside.

Step 2.

Heat the oil in a pan and add the cumin seed. When the cumin seed starts to crack, add the mashed potatoes, grated Paneer/cottage cheese and all the spices like chili powder, mango powder, salt, black pepper powder, cilantro and stir-fry for a minute, mix the spices well. Turn off the heat. When cool, take small portions of the filling and make rolls of filling and keep aside.

Step 3.

Take a bowl with water to wet the bread. Take a slice of bread, trim the edges of the bread slices and dampen it with water, place the slice between your palms and press, squeezing out the excess water from the bread. This makes the bread moist for rolling in the filling.

Step 4.

Take each filling roll place it on the bread slice, roll the bread gently and close the edges, roll it between your palms to get smooth outer texture, see that filling is not left uncovered anywhere. Prepare all bread rolls similarly and keep aside.

Step 5.

Heat oil in a kadai or wok or frying pan, fry the bread rolls two three at a time till they become light golden brown in color.

Step 6.

Drain the bread rolls on a paper kitchen towel lined plate to remove excess of oil. Serve the crisp bread rolls with coriander or mint chutney.

Note: Do not soak bread slices in water. Just dip the slice and squeeze out the water from the slice thoroughly.

 

Nick’s kitchen medical Disclaimer:

  • Nick’s kitchen is for Vegetarians. It sometimes provides education and support to individuals who want to become vegetarian, or move toward a more vegetarian diet.
  • Nick’s kitchen provides some information on vegetarian and vegan diets to the best of their knowledge and abilities.
  • Nick’s kitchen does not claim to be health care professional, nutritionist, nor does it claims to treat any illness through vegan or vegetarian diet.
  • If you have a medical condition,Nick’s kitchen recommend that you consult your health care professionals before changing your diet.
  • Any changes that you make to your diet, and the results of those changes, are your decision and your responsibility.

 

 

Mongre ki Subzi/Radish Pods

 

Radish podsMoongre ki sabzi

Moongre ki Subzi / Radish Pods

In North India radish pods are known as moongre. They are sold in bundles and are crunchy. The pods can be eaten raw or cooked. If you love sharp flavours you will like this sabzi. We used to make a chutney by grinding the pods with green chilies and mixing in salt and thick yoghurt. We can make salads also with Radish pods.

Radish pods are crunchy and full of flavor. Podding radishes (Raphanus caudatus) are like other radishes in that they need cool weather for top flavor and very cool soil (as soon as it can be worked) for best growth. But, podding radishes tolerate heat better than root radishes when temperatures soar.

Radish pods begin to form in 40 to 50 days, lower ones ripening first. Pick the teardrop-shaped pods when they are tender, before they become fibrous. The 4- to-12-inch long pods are most crisp and flavorful when about pencil-thick.Pod colors range from green to green mottled with lavender to purple. The purple ones are the spiciest.

Ingredients:

  • 250gm Radish pods / Mogre ki phali
  • 2 medium size Onions, finely chopped
  • 2 medium size Potatoes
  • 2 medium size tomatoes, pureed
  • 15 cloves of garlic, well mashed
  • 1 tsp ginger, finely grated
  • 3 tbsp refined Mustard oil
  • 1/4 tsp Asafetida / heeng
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin seed
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tbsp Coriander Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Red Chili Powder
  • 1 level tsp Salt or / salt to taste
  • 1 table spoon Green coriander, finely chopped

Method:

Step 1.

Wash the Moongre / Radish pods. Remove top and bottom ends of each pod. Cut into 1″ long pieces and keep aside.

Step 2.

Wash, peel and cube the potatoes and keep aside.

Step 3.

Take a heavy bottom pan / wok / or kadahi heat the oil add the cumin seeds . When cumin seed start crackling add asafetida / heeng, fry till it is light pink in colour.

Step 4.

Add onions and sauté till light golden in colour, add garlic and ginger and fry for one or two minutes more. Add the pureed tomatoes, salt, turmeric, chili and coriander powder. Stir and cook till the tomatoes are well cooked and the oil begins to surface.

Step 5.

Add the cut Moongre / Radish pods and potato cubes. Cover and cook on low flame stirring at regular intervals till potatoes are tender, about 15 to 20 minutes.

Step 6.

Serve with any Indian bread of your choice and lentil / dal, Raitas of your choice.

 

Health benefits of Radish pods / Moongre:

The pods are crunchy additions to that first spring salad and fast-to-grow pickle material. Packed with Vitamin C, podding radishes also offer plenty of other low-cal, high-fiber nutrients.

 

Sago Khichdi

sago khichadiSago/ sabudana Khichdi

Hi friends! This delicious Sabudana khichadi is an Indian dish made from soaked Sabudana. It is typically prepared in parts of Western India such as Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, & Gujarat. Wikipedia

Recipe serving: 4

Preparation Time : 15-20 minutes

Cooking time : 6-10 minutes

Cuisine: Maharashtra

Course: Snack, Healthy snack

Level Of Cooking: Easy

Ingredients:

  • 2 cup Sago / sabudana
  • 2 medium size potatoes
  • 1/2 cup peanuts, shelled, roasted, coarsely pounded
  • 3 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds/ Jeera
  • 2 Red chilies, whole
  • 1 sprig kadhi patta /curry leaves
  • 1 tsp salt or / salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp coriander leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp green chilies, chopped
  • 1 small lemon’s juice

Method:

Step 1.

Wash Sabudana/ Sago well. Soak in 4 cups of water over night . Drain out the water with a strainer, spread it on a paper kitchen towel for drying for ten minutes. To avoid sticky or lumpy khichadi, it is necessary to dry out the water very well. Sabudana / sago grains should be separate and moist.

Step 2.

Roast peanuts on a hot griddle, peel off the skin and then grind coarsely.Keep aside.

Step 3.

Wash green chilies, and coriander, chop finely . Peel and cut the potato into tiny cubes and keep aside.

Step 4.

Heat the oil in kadahi / wok or a heavy bottom pan and add Jeera, when it starts crackling, add Curry leaves /kadhi patta , red chilies and fry for few seconds, add the potato cubes. Cook till the potatoes are done. Add sabudana, roasted peanuts, salt, and chili powder, mix well .

Step 5.

Switch off the stove, sprinkle the lemon juice and mix well. Garnish the khichadi with finely chopped coriander leaves. Sprinkle lime juice and chopped coriander leaves on the khichadi, mix well.

Step 6.

Serve hot garnished with the finely chopped green chilies.

Note:

The Saboodana/Sago should be well soaked. Use a strainer or a colander to drain the water. Excess water in saboodana vada mixture will make it difficult to handle the mixture while making vadas . For better taste use roasted ground nuts. For best results Saboodana vada should be fried in a moderately hot oil till light golden on both sides.

Health benefits of eating sago / saboodana:

Sago or sabudana or tapioca pearls is a food which is full of energy and carbohydrates. It is extracted from the center of sago palm stems in the form of starch. It is also known as tapioca pearls. If is one of the wholesome diet of starch and carbohydrates and is used in a lot of Indian dishes. Sago is used in puddings, gruel or soups, and upma dishes. In gruel form, it is used in various carbonated drinks to provide energy without any addition of artificial chemicals and sweeteners. It is one food which possess a high cooling effect in the system and it is quite easy to digest. It is also used in making cakes and breads. Sago is helpful as a substitute in binding the dishes or making them thick. It is  low in calories and is preferred as a light meal option.

The benefits of eating sago are associated with its starch form as

  1. Aid in digestion: Pearl sago is used as one easily digestible non-irritating baby food, as well as a food in inflammatory cases. In such cases, sabudana is boiled with milk or water  and then added with sugar or spices to enhance the flavour.
  2. Nutritional value: Sago grains are about 2mm in diameter. They are a source of pure carbohydrates with very little protein, vitamin C, calcium and minerals. A hundred gram of dried sago yields about 355 calories, with an inclusion of 94 gms of carbohydrates, fats and proteins.
  3. Sago and the body: The main content of sago is carbohydrates and has an ancient history in aiding to certain herbal medicines. Sago alongwith  rice is used to cool the body. It is helpful in treating ailment resulting from too much heat, such as the production of excess bile. As we know it is a renowned food in Indian culture and moreover, it is a staple diet in some continents. The herbal remedy of sago is not hidden outside the Indian subcontinent such as Sri Lanka, New Guinea and other Asian pacific countries.
  4. Sago dishes: Various dishes are made from sago as it is easily mixed with wide variety of tastes and spices. However, sago is low in proteins, vitamins and minerals, its combination with other supplements can result  into high nutrition and taste. In various  parts of India, it is used as fasting food in the form of khichdi or pilaf, soaked sabudana fried with potatoes and other vegetables. Sago possess a high usage in baking breads and pancakes.
  5. A high energy booster:  Sago food is full of energy, and often served as a food  to break the fast. It has high beneficiaries for sick people as a supplement providing enough energy to combat the weakness and ailments.

Keep them in dry and airtight container. It should be kept away from moisture for long storage. The white pearls of sago becomes white when soaked in water and turns translucent when cooked. Fermentation may improve the nutritional value of sabudana. In Papua New Guinea, sabudana paste is partially fermented by mixing it in palm leaves,which are then stored  in cool place. Therefore, a lot of recipe with high in energy, you should not be missing it. As experiments can really turn it out in high taste value.

Ref. https://beautyhealthtips.in/health-benefits-eating-sago/

Nick’s kitchen medical Disclaimer:

  • Nick’s kitchen is for Vegetarians. It sometimes provides education and support to individuals who want to become vegetarian, or move toward a more vegetarian diet.
  • Nick’s kitchen provides some information on vegetarian and vegan diets to the best of their knowledge and abilities.
  • Nick’s kitchen does not claim to be health care professional, nutritionist, nor does it claims to treat any illness through vegan or vegetarian diet.
  • If you have a medical condition,Nick’s kitchen recommend that you consult your health care professionals before changing your diet.
  • Any changes that you make to your diet, and the results of those changes, are your decision and your responsibility.

Sabudana/Sago Vada

Sago Vadas 1sago Sago/Sabudana/Tapioca pearls

     Sabudana/Sago Vada

Hi friends!A very popular Maharashtrian snack prepared especially on days of fasting during Navratri. Sago vada can also be enjoyed as a tea time snack. This easy to make snack  is very delicious.

Cook time: 30 mins

Recipe type: breakfast, savory snacks

Cuisine: Maharashtra, western Indian

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sabudana/ tapioca pearls
  • 4 medium potatoes/aloo
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds/jeera (optional)
  • 1-2 green chillies finely chopped
  • 1 tsp finely chopped ginger/adrak
  • ½ cup peanuts/mungphali
  • 2 tbsp coriander leaves/dhania , finely chopped
  • 2-3 tsp Rice flour, for dusting (optional)
  • 1 tsp Lemon juice, or as per taste
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 1/4 tsp salt or / to taste
  • oil for frying

Instructions:

Step 1.

Wash the sabudana well and then soak it overnight with just enough water to cover it. The water gets absorbed and Sago/ Sabudana looks plumped up. With the help of a strainer drain off all the water completely from the soaked sabudana.

Step 2.

Boil the potatoes. Peel and mash them. take a mixing bowl, put the mashed potatoes and sabudana together.

Step 3.

In a nonstick pan, roast the groundnuts/peanuts till they become slightly golden brown. Cool to room temperature and then coarsely powder in a dry grinder.

Step 4.

Add peanuts, salt, sugar, ginger, green chilies, coriander leaves and lemon juice, blend the mixture well.

Step 5.

Now take some portion of the mixture in your hands and shape them into flat round vadas. Do this till all the mixture is utilized. keep aside the vadas in a tray.

Step 6.

Heat the oil, deep fry the vadas till golden brown. Serve hot with any accompaniment like Coriander chutney.

Note:

The Saboodana/Sago should be well soaked. Use a strainer or a colander to drain the water. Excess water in saboodana vada mixture will make it difficult to handle the mixture while making vadas . For better taste use roasted ground nuts. For best results Saboodana vada should be fried in a moderately hot oil till light golden on both sides.

Health benefits of eating sago / saboodana:

Sago or sabudana or tapioca pearls is a food which is full of energy and carbohydrates. It is extracted from the center of sago palm stems in the form of starch. It is also known as tapioca pearls. If is one of the wholesome diet of starch and carbohydrates and is used in a lot of Indian dishes. Sago is used in puddings, gruel or soups, and upma dishes. In gruel form, it is used in various carbonated drinks to provide energy without any addition of artificial chemicals and sweeteners. It is one food which possess a high cooling effect in the system and it is quite easy to digest. It is also used in making cakes and breads. Sago is helpful as a substitute in binding the dishes or making them thick. It is  low in calories and is preferred as a light meal option.

The benefits of eating sago are associated with its starch form as

Aid in digestion: Pearl sago is used as one easily digestible non-irritating baby food, as well as a food in inflammatory cases. In such cases, sabudana is boiled with milk or water  and then added with sugar or spices to enhance the flavour.

Nutritional value: Sago grains are about 2mm in diameter. They are a source of pure carbohydrates with very little protein, vitamin C, calcium and minerals. A hundred gram of dried sago yields about 355 calories, with an inclusion of 94 gms of carbohydrates, fats and proteins.

Sago and the body: The main content of sago is carbohydrates and has an ancient history in aiding to certain herbal medicines. Sago along with  rice is used to cool the body. It is helpful in treating ailment resulting from too much heat, such as the production of excess bile. As we know it is a renowned food in Indian culture and moreover, it is a staple diet in some continents. The herbal remedy of sago is not hidden outside the Indian subcontinent such as Sri Lanka, New Guinea and other Asian pacific countries.

Sago dishes: Various dishes are made from sago as it is easily mixed with wide variety of tastes and spices. However, sago is low in proteins, vitamins and minerals, its combination with other supplements can result  into high nutrition and taste. In various  parts of India, it is used as fasting food in the form of khichdi or pilaf, soaked sabudana fried with potatoes and other vegetables. Sago possess a high usage in baking breads and pancakes.

A high energy booster:  Sago food is full of energy, and often served as a food  to break the fast. It has high beneficiaries for sick people as a supplement providing enough energy to combat the weakness and ailments.

Keep them in dry and airtight container. It should be kept away from moisture for long storage. The white pearls of sago becomes white when soaked in water and turns translucent when cooked. Fermentation may improve the nutritional value of sabudana. In Papua New Guinea, sabudana paste is partially fermented by mixing it in palm leaves,which are then stored  in cool place. Therefore, a lot of recipe with high in energy, you should not be missing it. As experiments can really turn it out in high taste value.

Ref. https://beautyhealthtips.in/health-benefits-eating-sago/

Nick’s kitchen Disclaimer:

  • Nick’s kitchen is for Vegetarians. It sometimes provides education and support to individuals who want to become vegetarian, or move toward a more vegetarian diet.
  • Nick’s kitchen provides some information on vegetarian and vegan diets to the best of their knowledge and abilities.
  • Nick’s kitchen does not claim to be health care professional, nutritionist, nor does it claims to treat any illness through vegan or vegetarian diet.
  • If you have a medical condition,Nick’s kitchen recommend that you consult your health care professionals before changing your diet.
  • Any changes that you make to your diet, and the results of those changes, are your decision and your responsibility.

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Sukhe Aloo

Sukhe Aloo

Potatoes/ Aloo Sabzi

Ingredients:

  • 6 medium size potatoes/ aloo, boiled and peeled
  • 1 tbsp ginger, finely grated
  • a pinch asafoetida/ heeng
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp coriander seeds, powder
  • 4 cloves, roasted and powdered
  • 2 tsp mango powder
  • 1 level tsp Salt or / salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp coriander leaves, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup oil

Method:

Step 1.

Cook the potatoes in a pressure cooker with two cups of water. The moment pressure is formed, reduce the heat to low flame for 5 minutes, switch off the stove.  Let the cooker cool to room temperature, open the lid take out the potatoes, peel and cut the potatoes into small cubes and Keep aside.

Step 2.

Heat the oil or ghee in a wok /kadahi/ pan add the cumin seeds, when it starts spluttering, add asafetida. Fry for few seconds till asafetida turns light pink, add ginger and chili, turmeric, clove, coriander powder, sauté for one or two minutes more.

Step 3.

Add cubed potatoes, salt, raw mango powder to the fried masala. Mix well, cook for few minutes till the masala is well blended with potatoes.

Step 4.

Garnish with the chopped coriander leaves and serve hot with Puris and other Indian breads.

Note:The sookhe aloo can be cooked in many different ways. So many recipes are there to choose from.

Tips for Preparing and cooking Potatoes:

The potato skin is a concentrated source of dietary fiber, so to get the most nutritional value from this vegetable, don’t peel it and consume both the flesh and the skin.

Just scrub the potato under cold running water right before cooking and then remove any deep eyes or bruises with a paring knife. If you must peel it, do so carefully with a vegetable peeler, only removing a thin layer of the skin and therefore retaining the nutrients that lie just below the skin.

Potatoes should be cleaned and cut right before cooking in order to avoid the discoloration that occurs with exposure to air.

If you cannot cook them immediately after cutting, place them in a bowl of cold water to which you have added a little bit of lemon juice, as this will prevent their flesh from darkening and will also help to maintain their shape during cooking.

As potatoes are also sensitive to certain metals that may cause them to discolor, avoid cooking them in iron or aluminum pots or using a carbon steel knife to cut them.

About Potatoes:

Whether mashed, baked or roasted, people often consider potatoes as comfort food. It is an important food staple and the number one vegetable crop in the world. Potatoes are available year-round as they are harvested somewhere every month of the year.

The potato belongs to the Solanaceae or nightshade family whose other members include tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, and tomatillos. They are the swollen portion of the underground stem which is called a tuber and is designed to provide food for the green leafy portion of the plant. If allowed to flower and fruit, the potato plant will bear an inedible fruit resembling a tomato.

Potatoes are a very good source of vitamin B6 and a good source of potassium, copper, vitamin C, manganese, phosphorus, niacin, dietary fiber, and pantothenic acid.

For an in-depth nutritional profile click here: Potato.

Ref. http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=48#

Aloo Curry

Aloo tamater 3  Puri

(Aloo sabzi with Puris)

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 10 minutes

Total time: 30 minutes

Recipe type: main

Cuisine: North Indian

Serves: 2-3

Ingredients:

  • 4 medium size potatoes , boiled, peeled and cut into small cubes
  • 2 medium tomatoes/tamatar
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds/jeera
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/4 tsp asafetida / heeng
  • 1 tbsp ginger, finely chopped
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 tbsp coriander leaves, finely chopped for garnishing

Method:

 Step 1.

 Cook the potatoes in a pressure cooker with two cups of water. The moment pressure is formed, reduce the heat to low flame for 5 minutes, switch off the stove. Cool the cooker to room temperature, open the lid take out the potatoes, peel and cut into small cubes three potatoes. Mash coarsely the fourth potato and Keep aside.

Step 2.

Heat the oil or ghee in a pan add the cumin seeds, when it starts spluttering, add asafetida. Fry for few seconds till asafetida turns light pink.

Step 3.

Add the tomatoes and saute till they become soft and you see the oil leaving the sides.

Step 4.

Add cubed and mashed potatoes, red chili powder, chopped ginger, salt and two cups of water stir. Mashed potato is added to help in thickening the gravy.

Step 5.

Let the curry cook for 7-8 minutes or more on a medium flame, till it thickens slightly.

Step 6.

Garnish with coriander leaves, serve hot, with puris.

 

Health benefits of Aaloo (Potato)

Contrary to the popular belief that potatoes should be avoided because they are rich in starch, medical reports today claim that potatoes should be consumed as they help in enriching the body with essential nutrients. Potatoes are rich in phytochemicals which help in fighting against respiratory diseases, cardiovascular ailments and several types of cancer.

People suffering from high blood pressure should consume potatoes. Potato contains a compound known as kukoamine which helps in lowering blood pressure.

Potato is rich in vitamin B6 which aids in building and repairing body cells. This vitamin leads to the production of enzymes in the body, which in turn leads to chemical reactions which cause cell repairs. Apart from repairing of human body and brain cells, this nutrient is responsible for the production of the molecule amine in the human body, which helps in transmissions between different nerves of the human nervous system.

Potatoes are highly effective in relieving high blood pressure caused due to tension, indigestion, nature of food and several other reasons. The fiber content is known for lowering cholesterol and improving the functioning of insulin in the body, thereby lowering blood pressure.

The fiber content of potato helps in lowering plasma cholesterol and triglyceride concentration in the human body.

Potato contains large quantities of starch which helps to improve insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance.

Potatoes make an ideal food for people who are lean and thin. With mounds of carbohydrates and proteins, they help in promoting weight gain.

Easy to digest, potatoes help in facilitating the digestion process, especially for people who cannot digest hard food but require energy, such as patients and babies.

Potatoes have vitamin C, vitamin B-complex, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus and zinc in significant amounts which are beneficial for the skin. They are great for curing pimples, spots, burns and even help in softening and cleaning the skin, particularly around elbows, back of the palms, and so on.

The vitamin C content in potatoes is helpful for preventing the dreaded deficiency disease scurvy and its symptoms, like cracked lip corners, spongy and bleeding gums, and frequent viral infections.

Potatoes have essential nutrients that help in providing relief to rheumatism due to the high starch or carbohydrate content that increases weight and reverses the effects of this disorder.

Ref.http://nutrition.indobase.com/articles/potato-nutrition.php

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  • Nick’s kitchen is for Vegetarians. It sometimes provides education and support to individuals who want to become vegetarian, or move toward a more vegetarian diet.
  • Nick’s kitchen provides some information on vegetarian and vegan diets to the best of their knowledge and abilities.
  • Nick’s kitchen does not claim to be health care professional, nutritionist, nor does it claims to treat any illness through vegan or vegetarian diet.
  • If you have a medical condition,Nick’s kitchen recommend that you consult your health care professionals before changing your diet.
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Vegetable Rice

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Prep time: 30 minutes

Cook time: 25 minutes

Total time: 55 minutes

 Recipe type: main

Cuisine: Indian

Serves: 8

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups long grained or basmati rice soaked for 30 minutes
  • 1/2 cup each (cauliflower, carrots, green peas, French beans )
  • 1 big potato, peeled and cut into small cubes
  • 2 medium onions, sliced
  • 4 1/2 cup water
  • 2 to 3 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt or / salt to taste
  • 1 tsp cumin Jeera/cumin seeds
  • 1 bay leaf / tej patta
  • 2-3 cloves/ laung
  • 1 black cardamom / badi elaichi
  • 1 pinch of Nutmeg/ Jayaphal
  • 1 inch cinnamon/ dal chini

Method:

Step 1.

In a deep sauce pan heat oil and fry all the whole spices for 2-3 minutes and a nice fragrance is emitted.

Step 2.

Add the onions and  fry them till golden brown .

Step 3.

Add all the veggies, potatoes and  1/2 teaspoon salt, saute again for 4-5 minutes on a low flame.

Step 4.

Drain the rice add to the fried spices and vegetables and mix well.

Step 5.

Add four cups of water, 1 1/2 teaspoon salt and stir.cover with well fitting lid and bring it to boil on high flame. Reduce the heat to low flame and let the rice cook till the water is absorbed and the rice is well cooked.

Step 6.

Switch off the stove and let the rice stand for 6-7 minutes.

Step 7.

Serve the vegetable pulao hot with some side dishes or raita.
Note: Aromatic, very delicious and wholesome,vegetable pulao is an easy and simple preparation, with Basmati rice.

 

 

Potato Raita

Aloo Raita 3  Potatoes pic

Hi friends!Here is a simple,delicious and very healthy recipe of an Indian side dish of yogurt containing boiled potatoes and spices.

Whisked curd with tiny pieces of boiled potato and flavored with spices make a delicious side dish with the main course.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups Curd/Dahi /yogurt
  • 2 potatoes medium size, boiled peeled and cut into tiny cubes
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds , roasted and powdered
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper powder
  • 1/4 tsp red chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt or /salt to taste
  • 1/4 tsp kala namak/ black salt
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp dry mint powder

Method:

Step 1.

In a pressure cooker, put the potatoes with two cups of water, close the lid and place the cooker on full flame. The moment pressure is formed reduce to low flame, cook for three minutes. Switch off the heat and allow the cooker to cool to room temperature.

Step 2.

Peel the potatoes,cut the potatoes in to tiny cubes, keep aside.

Step 3.

Whisk the Curd/ yogurt till smooth. Add salt, sugar,pepper, red chili,cumin powder, kala namak, dry mint leaves powder and mix well. Fold in the potato cubes .

Step 4.

Transfer into a serving bowl and garnish with the little roasted cumin and red chili powder. Refrigerate the raita till served.Serve  Aloo raita cold with the main course.

Health benefits of Aaloo /Potato:

Contrary to the popular belief that potatoes should be avoided because they are rich in starch, medical reports today claim that potatoes should be consumed as they help in enriching the body with essential nutrients. Potatoes are rich in phytochemicals which help in fighting against respiratory diseases, cardiovascular ailments and several types of cancer.

People suffering from high blood pressure should consume potatoes. Potato contains a compound known as kukoamine which helps in lowering blood pressure.

Potato is rich in vitamin B6 which aids in building and repairing body cells. This vitamin leads to the production of enzymes in the body, which in turn leads to chemical reactions which cause cell repairs. Apart from repairing of human body and brain cells, this nutrient is responsible for the production of the molecule amine in the human body, which helps in transmissions between different nerves of the human nervous system.

Potatoes are highly effective in relieving high blood pressure caused due to tension, indigestion, nature of food and several other reasons. The fiber content is known for lowering cholesterol and improving the functioning of insulin in the body, thereby lowering blood pressure.

The fiber content of potato helps in lowering plasma cholesterol and triglyceride concentration in the human body.

Potato contains large quantities of starch which helps to improve insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance.

Potatoes make an ideal food for people who are lean and thin. With mounds of carbohydrates and proteins, they help in promoting weight gain.

Easy to digest, potatoes help in facilitating the digestion process, especially for people who cannot digest hard food but require energy, such as patients and babies.

Potatoes have vitamin C, vitamin B-complex, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus and zinc in significant amounts which are beneficial for the skin. They are great for curing pimples, spots, burns and even help in softening and cleaning the skin, particularly around elbows, back of the palms, and so on.

The vitamin C content in potatoes is helpful for preventing the dreaded deficiency disease scurvy and its symptoms, like cracked lip corners, spongy and bleeding gums, and frequent viral infections.

Potatoes have essential nutrients that help in providing relief to rheumatism due to the high starch or carbohydrate content that increases weight and reverses the effects of this disorder.

Ref.http://nutrition.indobase.com/articles/potato-nutrition.php

Curd Health benefits:

Being rich in calcium, curd is good for the health of bones as well as the teeth. For those who have difficulty in the digestion of lactose in milk, yogurt is an important source of calcium. Curd contains an enzyme which breaks down lactose to aid proper digestion.

Curd / Yogurt is rich in vitamin D which helps our body to absorb and use calcium.

Curd / Yogurt helps you feel fuller and is thus, a very good snack for those trying to lose weight.

Eating  curd / yogurt on a regular basis can help absorb the nutrients in other foods as well.

Ref. http://www.thehealthsite.com/fitness/9-reasons-curd-is-great-for-your-health/

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  • Nick’s kitchen provides some information on vegetarian and vegan diets to the best of their knowledge and abilities.
  • Nick’s kitchen does not claim to be health care professional, nutritionist, nor does it claims to treat any illness through vegan or vegetarian diet.
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Palak Aloo/Spinach Potatoes

 

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This spinach potatoes / Palak Aloo recipe is very easy and simple . Spinach is cooked on slow fire with a combination of cubed potatoes and few simple spices like asafetida , red chili powder and salt only. The result is a delicious vegetable!

Preparation Time: 15 mins
Cooking Time: 10 mins
Makes 4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium size bunch, (500-600 gms )finely chopped spinach (palak)
  • 2 medium size potatoes
  • 1/4 tsp red chilies
  • 1/4 tsp asafetida (hing)
  • 1/2 tsp salt /or salt to taste
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil

Method :

Step 1.

Wash the spinach very well, finely chop and keep aside. Wash the potatoes, peel and cut into small cubes.

Step 2.

Heat the oil in a wok / kadahi and add the Asafetida. Fry for few seconds till pink in colour.

Step 3.

Add chopped spinach and potatoes to the asafetida seasoning. Add in the spinach salt , red chili powder and baking soda . Cover and cook on a slow flame till potatoes are well cooked and blended with the spinach. Serve hot with chapattis or any other Indian breads.

Health benefits of Spinach / Palak:

Spinach is an excellent food loaded with tons of nutrients and a low calorie package. Greens like spinach are important for skin and hair, bone health, and provide protein, iron, vitamins and minerals.

As per studies the possible health benefits of consuming spinach include improving blood glucose control in diabetics, lowering the risk of cancer, lowering blood pressure, improving bone health, lowering the risk of developing asthma and more.

Ref. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/270609.php

Mixed Vegetable Bake

Baked vegetables 

Ingredients:

For white sauce:

  • 2 tablespoon Fine flour / all purpose flour/maida
  • 2 tablespoon Butter
  • 2 teacups Milk
  • 1/2 tsp Salt/or salt to taste
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper powder

Vegetables & cheese-

  • 200gms Pizza cheese (Mozzarella cheese-shredded)
  • 200 gms Potatoes (Boiled)
  • 100 gms. French beans (Finely chopped)
  • 100 gms. Carrots (Peeled and diced)
  • 100 gms. Capsicum (Cut into small pieces)
  • 100 gms. Peas (Shelled)
  • 100 gms. Cauliflower (Florets cut into small pieces)
  • 1 level tsp Salt/ or salt to taste
  • 1/4 tsp Black pepper powder
  • Knob of butter

 Method:

 For the white sauce

 Step 1.

 Melt the butter in a heavy bottomed pan. Add the flour. Cook for few minutes without browning the Fine flour / all purpose flour/maida, stirring throughout.

Step 2.

 Remove from the heat and gradually add the milk. Mix until well blended.

Step 3.

 Return to heat and cook slowly, stirring throughout until the sauce thickens. Add salt, pepper. This sauce is used with the vegetables.

For Vegetables:

 Step 1.

Take all the fresh vegetables in a pressure cooker, add 1/4 cup of water & ½ teaspoon of salt. As the pressure is formed in the cooker switch off the gas open the pressure cooker and strain out the vegetables & keep aside

Step 2.

 Take the steamed vegetables, put in white sauce, mix well.

Step 3.

 Take a greased baking dish, put in one portion of mixed vegetables in white sauce in the baking dish. Cover it with little bit of shredded cheese. Put in a second layer of mixed vegetables on it, Cover it with little shredded cheese.

Step 4.

Finally, put the layer of coarsely mashed potatoes with a knob of butter and cover with the remaining shredded cheese.

Step 5.

Bake in moderately hot oven till the top layer is golden and the cheese has melted.

Step 6.

 Serve hot with garlic bread slices or dinner rolls and tomato soup.

 

Black-eyed beans salad

 

Black-eyed beans/ Lobiya  salad is colorful and delicious salad, with freshly prepared dressing for a tangy flavor. This is a protein rich easy to make salad.

Serves: 6

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup black-eyed beans/ lobhia
  • 1 medium size boiled potato, peeled and cut into very small cubes
  • 1 green pepper / Simla mirch finely cut
  • 100 gms Paneer / Cottage cheese
  • 2 medium size tomatoes seeded and finely chopped , Slice the tomato vertically (from stem top to bottom) into four quarters. Use a sharp knife to carefully slice the seeds away from the tomato flesh. Discard the seeds.
  • 1 cucumber cut finely
  • 1 level tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp finely cut fresh mint leaves
  • 1 tbsp oil

for Salad Dressing:

  • 2 tbsp Virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp cumin seed, roasted and powdered

Method:

Step 1.

Wash and soak the black-eyed beans/ lobiya over night.

Step 2.

Pressure cook the black-eyed beans/ lobiya with salt and water on full flame, as the pressure forms, reduce to low flame for twenty minutes. Switch off the stove, let it cool naturally. In a strainer, strain the lobiya and keep aside in a mixing bowl.

Step 3.

Take a kadhai / wok heat the oil on medium flame. Add boiled black-eyed beans, Paneer/ Cottage cheese and potatoes. Stir-fry for few minutes. Switch off the stove, cool the mixture to room temperature.

Step 4.

Add to fried black-eyed beans, paneer and potatoes, cut tomatoes , cucumber and green pepper, mix well.

Step 5.

Mix all the salad dressing ingredients together. Add the salad dressing to the salad and mix well.

Step 6.

Garnish with the finely cut fresh coriander/ dhaniya leaves, Serve with main course.

Possible Health benefits of black eyed beans:

As Black eyed beans/ Lobiya are fiber rich, they help in keeping the digestive system healthy. The beans have no cholesterol. Black eyed beans/ Lobiya are beneficial for heart as they contain the required fiber, necessary flavonoids and as they are low in calories and fat, make a good ingredient of a weight loss diet plan. This legume is rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants are known to fight free radical damage in the body and protect from cancer.

Nick’s kitchen medical Disclaimer:

  • Nick’s kitchen is for Vegetarians. It sometimes provides education and support to individuals who want to become vegetarian, or move toward a more vegetarian diet.
  • Nick’s kitchen provides some information on vegetarian and vegan diets to the best of their knowledge and abilities.
  • Nick’s kitchen does not claim to be health care professional, nutritionist, nor does it claims to treat any illness through vegan or vegetarian diet.
  • If you have a medical condition,Nick’s kitchen recommend that you consult your health care professionals before changing your diet.
  • Any changes that you make to your diet, and the results of those changes, are your decision and your responsibility.

 

 

Salad Delight

 

A delicious salad made with diced vegetables and hung curd sauce dressing.

Servings: 4-6

Cook time: 30 minutes

Ingredients salad:

  • 1/2 cup shelled peas
  • 1/2 cup carrots ,peeled and diced
  • 1/2 cup French beans , finely cut
  • 3 medium size potatoes, boiled, peeled and cubed
  • 1 medium size apple, peeled and cubed
  • 3 slices pineapple, cut in cubes
  • 1/2 cup cherries, deseeded and halved
  • 6-8 Cashew nuts, cut into small pieces(dry roasted in microwave oven for a minute)
  • hung curd sauce (obtained from one kg whole milk “Hanging curd”)
  • 1/2 cup fresh cream
  • 2 tbsp white vinegar
  • 1 tsp salt /or salt to taste
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1tsp black pepper- freshly powdered
  • 1tsp mustard paste

Ingredients ” Hanging curd “:

  • 1 kg fresh whole milk curd

Method:

For making “Hung curd”:

Tie fresh curd tightly in muslin cloth. Draining over a sink, hang the tied cloth with curd for draining liquid out. Wait at least three-four hours for full draining. Take down and open the muslin cloth. The curds are now well hung and store in a bowl.

For making “Hung curd Sauce”:

Take the bowl of hung curds mix in, vinegar, mustard paste, 1/4 tsp salt, sugar, black pepper, and fresh cream. Mix well all the ingredients. Keep the sauce refrigerated till fruit and vegetables are ready.

For making the Salad:

Step 1.

In the pressure cooker put all the chopped vegetables ( not the fruit), add 1/4 cup of water 1/4 tsp salt. Place the pressure cooker on a full flame, as soon as the pressure is formed, switch off the stove. Allow it to cool , drain and chill the vegetables. (You can boil or steam the vegetables too.)

Step 2.

When vegetables are cool, add the cut fruit add hung curd sauce, 1/2 tsp salt, black pepper and dry fruit mix it well

Step 3.

Chill and serve.

Salads

Key Ingredients: Green Peas, Carrot, French Beans, Potatoes, apples, pineapple, cherries, hung curd, Salt, Black Pepper, sugar, mustard paste, vinegar

Note: “Hanging curd” is a process by which whey gets drained from the curd. When it is completely drained, you will have hung curd. This ingredient is used in many Indian dishes and is a great source of calcium.

 

Lobia Phali/Green Black-Eyed Bean with Potatoes

Lobia phali / green Black-Eyed Bean with potatoes

Lobiya ki phali

Preparation Time: 15 mins
Cooking Time: 20 mins
Makes4 servings

Ingredients:

200 grams fresh cluster beans (Lobia beans /phali)

2 medium size onions (finely chopped)

2 medium size potatoes (cut into small cubes)

1 pinch asafetida (heeng)

½ tsp cumin seeds (jeera)

1/2 tsp dried mango powder (amchoor)

1/2 tsp red chilli powder

1/2 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)

1 tbsp coriander powder (dhaniya)

1/2 tsp level salt / or as per taste

1 tsp ginger paste (adrak) or 1 inch piece of ginger grated

3 tbsp oil

1/4 cup water

Method:

  1. Wash well the lobia beans/ phali , cut and remove both ends of each bean. Hold a bunch of dressed beans on the chopping board and cut the beans in to small pieces. Keep them aside.
  1. Peel the potatoes and wash them. Cut the potatoes in small cubes.
  1. Heat a thick bottom pan with two table spoons of oil. Once the oil gets hot, add asafetida fry a bit. When it is pink add cumin seeds.
  1. When cumin crackles add finely chopped onions. Fry the onions till golden add turmeric powder, coriander powder, and ginger paste.
  1. Mix well till the spices get a little fried. Now add chopped potatoes and beans to the pan.
  1. Add salt, amchoor and red chili powder.
  1. Keep stirring the dish for few minutes till all the spices gets mixed into the beans. Now add 1/4 cup water to the pan.
  1. Cover the pan and cook it on low flame till potatoes are cooked and soft to touch.
  1. Stir in the mango powder and garam masala, cook for two minutes. and switch off the heat.
  1. Serve hot with chapattis or boiled rice.

Note: We must cook the vegetable on slow heat and keep checking and stirring it after few minutes in between so that beans and potatoes get cooked evenly.

Methi Aloo Parathas

Methi Aloo Paratha  Methi Fenugreek-LeavesFresh fenugreek leaves and potato parathas / Methi Aloo Paratha

Hi friends!One of the healthy ways to add greens to your diet is eating methi aloo paratha. This is a good course to have for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Preparation Time : 30-35 minutes

Cooking time : 10-15 minutes

Servings : 5 -6

Main Ingredients: Whole wheat flour/ atta, 6 medium size boiled potatoes, fresh Methi / fenugreek leaves

Cuisine: North Indian / Punjabi

Course : Breakfast, Breads

Level Of Cooking: Medium

Ingredients:

  • 3 Potatoes medium (pressure cooked for3-4 minutes)
  • 2 cups of fresh methi /fenugreek leaves ,finely chopped
  • 3 cups wheat flour / atta
  • 2 Green chilli  (finely chopped, optional)
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp ajwain (carom seeds)
  • 1 tsp Salt or / salt to taste
  • 2-3 tbsps pure ghee / olive oil for shallow frying

Method:

Step 1.

Wash and evenly mash the potatoes . Finely chop methi leaves. Keep aside.

Step 2.

Mix mashed potatoes, finely chopped methi leaves, green chilies, ajwain, chili powder and salt combine all the ingredients in a deep bowl, add atta / whole wheat flour and knead into a semi-soft dough using enough water (little at a time).

Step 3.

Divide the dough into 6 equal portions. Roll each portion into a 3″diameter circle, dusting it with a little wheat flour for rolling, brush with melted ghee/ oil, fold into half to form a semi- circle. Brush the semi-circle with melted ghee and fold both ends again to form a square. Roll out into 5″ square paratha using a little wheat flour for rolling.

Step 4

Heat a non-stick tawa (griddle) and Shallow fry both sides each paratha, using a little ghee/ oil, till golden brown spots appear on both the sides. Repeat steps 3 to 4 to make 5 more parathas.

 Step 5.

Serve hot with a blob of butter. A bowl of curd / yogurt and chili pickle is good accompaniment.

Fenugreek leaves health benefits:

The word “fenugreek” has its origin in the Latin language, and refers to ‘Greek hay’. It is commonly seen in the Mediterranean areas of Southern Europe.For ages, it has been grown in this region, together with North Africa and India. Inhabitants of these regions use both the leaves and seeds as a spice for their dishes. The fenugreek herb is basically in the form of seeds and works as an effective nutritional supplement. Due to the numerous health benefits provided by this herb, they’ve been used by herb lovers for ages.

1. Poor liver function:

This leaf is highly beneficial for treating poor liver function and dyspepsia. It is also helpful in treating gastric problems and other intestinal issues. It is also used for curing dysentery and diarrhea. These leaves are also used in the powdered form for treating GI issues, as well as allergies or congestion of the upper respiratory zone.

2.Cholesterol:

Fenugreek leaf has an incredibly strong effect on blood lipid levels; it may also prove helpful in lowering atherosclerosis. Patients suffering from lipid fluctuations benefit hugely from this herb; the reason behind this is its capacity to cut down cholesterol levels, LDL and triglycerides while pulling up their HDL levels. Place some of these leaves in water and leave it overnight; next morning, strain the water and consume it.

3. Diabetes:

The healing properties of fenugreek are quite similar to cinnamon; due to its anti-diabetic elements, this spice is capable of controlling glucose metabolism. It also helps in preventing and treating of Type II diabetes.This herb balances blood glucose homeostasis and reduces cellular insulin resistance. According to medical researchers, fenugreek lowers blood sugar levels of Type II diabetics by a huge percentage.

4. Heart problems and blood lipids:

This herb, fenugreek, has a strong balancing effect on blood lipid levels and lowers the hazards of atherosclerosis. In case of diabetes, it has substantiated an outstanding ability to reduce LDL levels, triglycerides and cholesterol. One more important characteristic of this spice is its power to reduce platelet creation, which, in turn, lowers the chances of sudden blood clotting in your heart; the common consequences being strokes and massive heart attacks. Like most of the other spices, fenugreek too contains strong antioxidants. It is also beneficial in protecting other internally generated antioxidants from any kind of damage. It also shields the body against a variety of other chronic diseases.Fenugreek provides iron as nutrient to body.

5. Skin benefits, reduces blemishes:

This herb is highly beneficial in reducing skin marks and blemishes. If there are some stubborn marks or spots on your face, consider using something natural like fenugreek leaves. Mix a spoon of fenugreek seed powder with a few drops of water; blend it continuously till it’s smooth in texture. Next, apply this paste on your face and leave it for fifteen minutes. Next, swipe it off with a wet cotton ball.

6. Hair benefits, for long and lustrous hair:

For long and lustrous hair, apply a thick fenugreek paste on your scalp and keep it for forty minutes. Next, rinse it off with cold water. You can repeat this practice once or twice a week. Considering its countless natural benefits, it works as an excellent alternative to damaging and unsafe chemical found in local shampoos.

Ref. http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/benefits-of-fenugreek-leaves-for-skin-hair-and-health/

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  • Nick’s kitchen is for Vegetarians. It sometimes provides education and support to individuals who want to become vegetarian, or move toward a more vegetarian diet.
  • Nick’s kitchen provides some information on vegetarian and vegan diets to the best of their knowledge and abilities.
  • Nick’s kitchen does not claim to be health care professional, nutritionist, nor does it claims to treat any illness through vegan or vegetarian diet.
  • If you have a medical condition,Nick’s kitchen recommend that you consult your health care professionals before changing your diet.
  • Any changes that you make to your diet, and the results of those changes, are your decision and your responsibility.

 

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